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
HIV infection can happen due to:
- Unprotected anal, vaginal, oral sex;
- Sharing needles and syringes
- Mother-to-Child transmission
HIV exposure happens in the presence of:
- Semen (including pre-cum)
- Vaginal fluids
- Breast milk
HIV exposure does not happen by:
- Mosquito bites
- Sharing eating utensils
- 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.