KNOW HIV = NO HIV

HIV is not AIDS!
HIV is a virus, that if left untreated, can cause AIDS. Because of advancements in treatment and testing, it is a rare case that HIV progresses to AIDS at all. It is okay to combine the SEE MORE

WHAT IS HIV?
The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is the virus that causes HIV infection. The virus replicates and can attack the infection-fighting T-cells of the body’s immune system. If left SEE MORE

HOW DOES ONE GET IT?
You can contract HIV through mutual blood or semen contact. This most often occurs during unprotected sex or by sharing needles during injection drug use. There are also SEE MORE

WHO GETS IT?
ANYBODY. HIV DOES NOT discriminate based on race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, color, sex, age, or disability.

WHERE DID HIV COME FROM?
The origin of HIV is not entirely known. Currently, experts assume that early in the 20th century in Africa, an ancestor virus of HIV transmitted from a primate to a human through SEE MORE

THE HIV CONVERSATION IS NOT OVER BECAUSE…

+ every 9 1/2 MINUTES someone contracts HIV (and that number increases to every 12 SECONDS globally)

+ 20% of people living with HIV are unaware of their status

+ 60% of young people living with HIV are unaware of their status

+ 1 in 4 new HIV infections occur in young people between the ages of 13 and 24

+ 27% of the people living with HIV are straight

+ the war on AIDS continues here and now, in our cities, neighborhoods and communities, and among our friends, family and neighbors

+ young people are at risk regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or economic status, as HIV does not discriminate

+ every year 2 MILLION people around the world die due to HIV/AIDS

+ 44% of HIV Positive Gay or Bisexual men are unaware of their status


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