The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the virus that causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), is transmitted by blood and body fluids.
Symptoms of HIV/AIDS vary depending on the stage of infection. Many people experience flu-like symptoms within one to two months of being infected.
Possible early symptoms may include:
– Night sweats
– Muscle soreness
– Mouth or genital ulcers
o Unprotected anal, vaginal, oral sex;
o Sharing needles and syringes
o Mother-to-Child transmission
– HIV exposure happens in the presence of:
o Semen (including pre-cum)
o Vaginal Fluids
o Breast Milk
– HIV exposure does not happen by:
o Mosquito bites
o Sharing eating utensils
o Casual Contact
of life for persons living with HIV/AIDS. Treatment is individualized for each person, depending on their CD4 count, viral resistance patterns, and other factors.
– Reduce stress
– Straight talk with healthcare providers.
– Talking about HIV with sex partners.
– Increase comfort with condoms.
– Believe in the potential of healthy living with HIV.