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FC: AIDS is not only a Homosexual Disease | "

1: If i had AIDS .....

3: AIDS Associations

4: What is HIV? Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus, or germ, that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). The virus weakens a person's ability to fight infections and cancer. People with HIV are said to have AIDS when the virus makes them very sick and they develop certain infections or cancers. Having HIV does not always mean you have AIDS. It can take many years for people with the virus to develop AIDS. HIV and AIDS cannot be cured. Although people with AIDS will one day die from an AIDS-related illness, there are ways to help people stay healthy longer.

5: . | How do people get HIV? A person gets HIV when an infected person's body fluids (blood, semen, fluids from the vagina, or breast milk) enter his or her bloodstream. The virus can enter the blood through linings in the mouth, anus, or sex organs (the penis and vagina), or through broken skin. Both men and women can spread HIV. A person with HIV can feel okay and still give the virus to others. Pregnant women with HIV can also give the virus to their babies.

6: Aids Myth: Hiv/Aids is Something Only Gay People Encounter

7: The reason many people think that only gay people can get this disease is because when it was first discovered, most of the people affected with it were homosexual men. In recent years, it has been discovered that heterosexual people are just as susceptible to AIDS as homosexuals are.


9: More than 33 million people worldwide live with HIV (World Health Organization, 2009). Currently, there is no vaccine available to prevent HIV infection. Antiretroviral therapy can control progression to AIDS but cannot cure or thwart spread of the disease. For every person that begins treatment, about three more become infected. Historically, vaccines have impacted significantly the spread of infectious diseases such as smallpox, polio, measles, and yellow fever. Similarly, HIV vaccines represent the best long-term hope for ending the HIV pandemic and HIV vaccine research is a top priority

10: Symptoms of HIV/AIDS

12: How can I keep from getting HIV?

13: The best way to protect yourself is to avoid activities that put you at risk. There's no way to tell by looking at someone if he or she has HIV. Always protect yourself.

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