If you have HIV, the earlier you know about it the better. Treatment is excellent at delaying and preventing the onset of AIDS, but it is not as successful if the test is taken so late that the disease is already very advanced.
If you have had a high risk of exposure to HIV, you can get free emergency treatment from an Infectious Disease Clinic. This can reduce your chance of acquiring the infection. Called Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), it must be taken within 72 hours to be affective.
Anyone testing HIV positive is entitled to free HIV care and treatment. The best place to receive this is at a specialised clinic where specially trained doctors will manage your care and advise you if and when treatment is needed.
Your HIV clinic won’t tell anyone that you have had an HIV test without your permission.
The use of anti-HIV treatment, having a caesarean delivery, and not breastfeeding can reduce the risk of a mother passing on HIV to her baby to less than 1%.
Even though there’s no cure for HIV, doctors are now hopeful that you can live a more or less normal lifespan if you take a combination of anti-HIV drugs.
Here you will find useful information and support in relation to all aspects of HIV/AIDS as well as STIs and sexual health.
Sexual Health West (formerly AIDS West) Is A Voluntary Organisation Primarily Funded By HSE West.
We offer the highest quality care and support to those affected by HIV/AIDS/STIs and to those worried about their sexual health.
Founded in 1987, we are based in Galway City, Ireland. We offer the highest quality care and support to those affected by HIV/AIDS/STIs and to those worried about their sexual health. We also offer information and education on all aspects of sexual health.
The organisation has expanded from a small group of dedicated volunteers who gathered together to assist HIV positive people in their final days, to a team of professional, committed people who strive to offer care and support to HIV positive people, their families and carers. All our services are completely confidential. We provide these services and support throughout the counties of Galway, Mayo and Roscommon and adjacent areas.