HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is the virus believed to cause AIDS. When someone has HIV (is HIV+), their body has a hard time fighting off infections and diseases. Anybody can get HIV.

You should know that at least 20% of people who find out they have AIDS are in their 20s. These people probably got HIV when they were in high school, because it can take years for an HIV+ person to develop AIDS.

HIV is transmitted from one person to another when certain body fluids are mixed-blood (including menstrual blood), semen, vaginal fluid, and breast milk.

This is how you can get HIV:
  • having vaginal or anal "intercourse" without a condom
  • licking someone's clit or dick without a condom or plastic wrap
  • sharing needles
  • from mother to child during pregnancy, birth, and breast feeding
  • receiving a blood transfusion (luckily HIV is rarely transmitted this way anymore)
You can't get HIV from:
  • kissing, sweat, tears
  • hugging
  • food
  • toilet seats
  • swimming pools
  • giving blood

HIV is a virus, and viruses don't discriminate. It doesn't matter who you are -- gay, straight, or bisexual -- you can get HIV if you have unsafe sex.

What matters is how you do what you do.

treating HIV/AIDS

There is no cure for AIDS, but there are treatments.  People with AIDS often take a combination of prescription drugs that may reduce the amount of virus in their bodies.  Taking the drugs as prescribed is important, as the virus can build resistance.  No long-term information is known.  Some people do not benefit from these treatments.


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