#TakeCharge #TakeCharge #TakeCharge #TakeCharge #TakeCharge #TakeCharge #TakeCharge #TakeCharge #TakeCharge #TakeCharge Knowing your HIV status puts you in control of your health. 105.2K people were estimated to be living with HIV in the UK in 2019 1 in 16 people living with HIV in the UK do not know they have the virus HIV in the UK statistics, National AIDS Trust Thanks to the progression of effective treatment, people living with HIV can live long, healthy lives. Successful treatment reduces the viral load (the amount of HIV in a person’s body) to undetectable levels. With an undetectable level of HIV, you can’t pass the virus on. Knowing your status is the first step to starting treatment, and the only way to know your status is to take a test. 97% of those on treatment are virally suppressed which means they can’t pass the virus on. Undetectable = Untransmittable The earlier a diagnosis is made, the sooner treatment can be started to reduce the viral load to undetectable levels. Take charge of your health by testing regularly for HIV. Tests are free, quick and easy. Condoms, lubricant and PrEP are simple and effective ways to take charge of your health and prevent HIV infection. If you’ve been exposed to HIV in the past 72 hours, you can access PEP to prevent infection. Find out more about PrEP and PEP. Just like other STIs, anyone can get HIV. The reality is that stigma stops people from taking charge. Tackling stigma empowers people to enjoy safer sex, get tested and access treatment. Find out more about STIs and stigma. Use our campaign toolkit to tackle stigma and encourage everyone to take charge of their health.