This site uses cookies to store information on your computer. I'm fine with this Cookie information


HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It is the virus that leads to AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).

The most common ways of acquiring HIV are :

  • Having unprotected sex 

  • Sharing needles, syringes or other equipment used to inject drugs

  • From mother to baby during pregnancy, birth or breast-feeding  

Currently the number of people living with diagnosed HIV is rising each year due to increased numbers of new diagnoses and decreasing deaths due to anti-retroviral therapies. Consequently, the number of HIV-infected individuals in specialist care and receiving anti-retroviral therapy in Scotland is increasing. NHSGGC and NHS Lothian manage the majority of cases.

  • For an overview on HIV Infection in NHSGGC click here

For more information on :

The rise in HIV cases in people who inject drugs in  NHSGGC click on the link  

HIV Treatment and Care  see the new NHSGGC Brownlee HIV  website

Antenatal Screening Programme  NHSGGC Screening

The epidemiology of HIV in Scotland see Health Protection Scotland  website

The epidemiology of HIV in UK  see Public Health England website

Click here for Scottish Government Sexual Health and BBV Framework (Sep 2015)