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 :
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
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)