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HIV

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) 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 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

The epidemiology of HIV in Scotland see Health Protection Scotland - HIV Surveillance Report to Dec 31st 2017  

The epidemiology of HIV in UK  see Public Health England website

 Last update June 2018

Click here for Scottish Government Sexual Health and BBV Framework (Sep 2015 -2020)