You can stop HIV

Dr Ranj holding his finger up

We now have the tools to stop HIV, but it takes each of us to make it happen.

The most common way to get HIV is by having unprotected sex with someone who doesn’t know they have it.

Here’s how you can protect yourself and others from HIV:


Condoms come in different sizes, thicknesses and materials.

When used correctly and consistently, condoms can help protect against HIV, other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancies.

Take our condom quiz and find out which condom is best for you.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a medication that someone without HIV can take. It will stop them getting HIV during sex without a condom.

It is highly effective at preventing HIV, but it does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or unplanned pregnancy.

Find out more about PrEP.


Testing for HIV is free, fast, confidential and simple – you can now even do it at home.

Testing is good for YOU

The sooner you find out you have HIV, the better it is for your health. If you have HIV for a long time without knowing, it can damage your health and shorten your life. It’s a good idea to test at least once a year (or more if you have unprotected sex with more than one partner).

Testing is good for ALL OF US

Most people get HIV from someone who doesn’t know they have it – the only way to be sure is to get tested.

Get tested

Do your bit to stop HIV in the UK by getting tested. Get a free HIV postal test during January and February.

You can also find out:


Treatment is good for YOU

If you have HIV, the sooner you start treatment, the better it is for your health – it protects you from illnesses which could shorten your life.

Treatment is good for ALL OF US

People on effective treatment cannot pass on HIV. That’s because HIV medication works by reducing the amount of the virus in the body to ‘undetectable’ levels. This means the levels of HIV are so low that the virus cannot be passed on. This is called having an ‘undetectable viral load’.

Find out more about how treatment stops HIV being passed on.