HIV 101

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It weakens a person’s immune system by destroying important cells that fight disease and infection. Only certain body fluids can transmit HIV

  • Blood,
  • Semen (cum),
  • Pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum),
  • Rectal fluids
  • Vaginal fluids,
  • Breast milk

HIV is NOT spread by  Air or water, Mosquitoes, ticks, Saliva, tears, sweat, Shaking hands, hugging, sharing toilets, sharing dishes/drinking glasses, kissing and drinking fountains.

HIV is only transmitted  through specific activities. Most commonly, people get or transmit HIV through sexual behaviors and needle or syringe use.   In the United States, HIV is spread mainly by having anal or vaginal sex with someone who has HIV without using a condom or taking medicines to prevent or treat HIV.Anal sex is the highest-risk sexual behavior. For the HIV-negative partner, receptive anal sex (bottoming) is riskier than insertive anal sex (topping).Vaginal sex is the second-highest-risk sexual behavior

People who inject drugs, hormones, steroids, or silicone can get HIV by sharing needles or syringes and other injection equipment. The needles and equipment may have someone else’s blood in them, and blood can transmit HIV. Likewise, you’re at risk for getting hepatitis B and C if you share needles and works because these infections are also transmitted through blood.

HIV is not curable, but treatable.HIV is treated using a combination of medicines to fight HIV infection. This is called antiretroviral therapy (ART). ART isn’t a cure, but it can control the virus so that you can live a longer, healthier life and reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to others.

HIV Prevention

Today, more tools than ever are available to prevent HIV. In addition to abstinence, limiting your number of sexual partners, never sharing needles, and using condoms the right way every time you have sex, you may be able to take advantage of newer medicines such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis(PEP).

Condoms

Condoms are a barrier method of that prevent transmission of fluids betweens partner, reducing the risk of HIV.  There are male condoms and female condoms:

  • A male condom is a thin sheath (usually made of latex, a type of rubber) that is worn on the penis.
  • A female condom is a polyurethane sheath with a flexible ring at either end. One end is closed and inserted into the vagina; the other end is open and the ring sits outside the opening of the vagina.

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PrEP

Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a way for people who do not have HIV but who are at substantial risk of getting it to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day. When taken consistently, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by up to 92%. PrEP is much less effective if it is not taken consistently.

PrEP is a powerful HIV prevention tool and can be combined with condoms and other prevention methods to provide even greater protection than when used alone. But people who use PrEP must commit to taking the drug every day and seeing their health care provider for follow-up every 3 months.

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Testing

The only way to know for sure whether you have HIV is to get tested! For more information for testing visit our Get Tested page.

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