Everything you need to know about HIV and how at risk you are


HIV infection, artwork

The final stages of HIV is AIDS (Picture: Getty)

Today Charlie Sheen confirmed the rumours circulating Hollywood – he is HIV positive.

The actor had known for four years and paid millions to keep his diagnosis quiet. But to this day he claims he doesn’t know how and when exactly he caught it.

Facts surrounding the life-threatening virus aren’t cloaked in mystery – but many choose to avoid discussing the taboo subject.

Here’s the reality: There are more than 107,800 people living with HIV in the UK, according to NHS figures released at the end of 2013.

The majority were infected through sex – 43,500 gay and bisexual men and 59,500 heterosexuals.

And a quarter of people… Read the full story