Information about HIV & AIDS
While there is no cure for HIV, there are very effective treatments. After a risk situation, an HIV test provides clarity and safety. There are various test options available in Switzerland. If an HIV infection remains undetected and untreated for an extended period of time, it develops into AIDS.
After a risk situation or at the start of a new relationship, having an HIV test is a good option as it provides clarity and safety. The regional AIDS Advisory Service, GPs, hospitals or Checkpoints in your area offer tests.
Three types of HIV test are offered in Switzerland: the rapid test, the laboratory test, and the home (self) test.
A home HIV test (also known as self test) is an HIV test that anyone can carry out themselves. The home testing kits sold in Switzerland are easy to use and deliver a reliable result.
Most people experience flu-like symptoms following infection with HIV. This initial phase is known as “primary infection”. There are several reasons why this must be taken seriously: on the one hand, newly infected people are much more contagious during this initial stage, and on the other hand, administering treatment right away may, in some cases, help to reduce the damage HIV causes and can also help the immune system to control the infection better over the long term.
Medicine cannot cure HIV. However, there are drugs with which the HIV infection can be effectively treated and controlled. If the drugs are taken consistently, the therapy markedly increases the quality of life and the life expectancy of people living with HIV.
HIV is an incurable infection, but it does respond well to treatment so that it does not develop into AIDS. If you have been unsafe, it is important to recognise any symptoms and to get advice. Starting therapy in good time strengthens your immune system and improves your health.
The epidemiology of HIV/AIDS in Switzerland and globally