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 What is HIV & AIDS?
 How is HIV transmitted?
 Who is at risk for getting HIV?
 What are high risk behaviors?
 Is there a cure for HIV?
 How do I know if I have HIV?
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 What is HIV & AIDS?
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS. This virus may be passed from one person to another by infected blood, semen, or vaginal secretions. In addition, infected pregnant women can pass HIV to their baby during pregnancy or delivery, as well as through breast-feeding. People with HIV have what is called HIV infection. Some of these people will develop AIDS as a result of their HIV infection.

 

 How is HIV transmitted?
HIV is passed from one person to another by infected blood, semen, or vaginal secretions. Breast milk and mother to child transmission can also be high risk.

 

 Who is at risk for getting HIV?

Anyone & Everyone who participates in High Risk Behaviors!!

 
 
 What are high risk behaviors?
High Risk Behaviors are - activities that you put you at risk for coming into contact with Blood, Semen, Vaginal Secretions or Breast Milk.
These Behaviors include:
Unprotected sex : Vaginal, Oral or Anal
Multiple Sexual Partners
Sharing Drug Needles
Mother to Child Transmission
Drinking Alcohol & ___(fill in the blank)________
                   Alcohol can change your state of mind, you may not be aware of your surroundings or activities.       
       Using Non-injection Drugs
            This is for two reasons;
            1) Using drugs of any type can alter your state of mind, you may not be aware of your surroundings, or activities.
                   2)Using drugs in a snorting method, can be a high risk, as HIV can be passed on blood that may be present on the snorting device.

 

 Is there a cure for HIV?
 There is no known cure for HIV. There is no known vaccine for HIV.

 

 How do I know if I have HIV?
 
The only way to know if you are HIV Positive is to attain an HIV test.

 External Informational Websites

*Center For Disease Control
 *http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/
        * http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/stats.htm (basic statistics)

* National Library of Medicine

       
* World Health Organization


* UNAIDS

 

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