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HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus.  It is the virus that can lead to AIDS, acquired immunodeficiency virus. The body can clear most viruses from the body, however that is not the case for HIV/AIDS.  There is no known cure for HIV.

HIV infects the body and replicates weakening the immune system.  HIV affects specific cells of the immune system called CD4 cells or T cells. If HIV is not treated in time HIV can diminish so many of the T cells that the body will be unable to fight against infections. When this occurs HIV infection could lead to AIDS.

Knowing your status earlier can get you the treatment you need sooner so your body will better fight off infection and you can manage your viral load.

How HIV/AIDS is Contracted

HIV/AIDS is spread by blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, vaginal fluids, rectal/anal mucous and breast milk. Bodily fluids such as feces, nasal fluid, saliva, tears, urine or vomit cannot transmit HIV.  It is important to protect yourself if you are sexually active.  The most effective way to protect from HIV/AIDS is abstinence. 

HIV is transmitted through oral sex, vaginal sex, and anal sex.  If your partner has HIV/AIDS the virus can be transmitted into your bloodstream through microscopic breaks or rips in the delicate linings of your vagina, vulva, penis, rectum or mouth.   s can make you more susceptible to contracting HIV.  Open sores are common with herpes and syphilis and can provide an entry way for HIV/AIDS.

Pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding can potentially spread HIV to your child.  HIV Positive mothers should avoid breastfeeding to prevent transmitting HIV to the child. Injection drug use can put you and others at risk. This can expose others to HIV. Also sharing any needles can potentially place you at risk of HIV.

How Can I tell if I'm Infected

There are no definite symptoms to signify you are infected with HIV/AIDS, however there are some symptoms that could accompany your infection.  The symptoms that could accompany your infection are fever, rash, sore throat and enlarged lymph nodes.  However the only definite way to know your status is to get tested.  It is important to frequently get tested if you are sexually active.  Love U, get tested.

Women and HIV/AIDS

Women have been affected by HIV/AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic.  Today, women account for 1 in 5 (20%) new HIV infections in the U.S. Women of color, particularly B lack women have been especially hard hit and represent the majority of women living with the disease and women newly infected.  As with people with HIV overall, most women with HIV are not in regular care and only a quarter are virally suppressed.  Women with and at risk for HIV face several challenges to getting the services and information they need, including socioeconomic and structural barriers, such as poverty, cultural inequities, and sexual violence, and women may place the needs of their families above their own.  In addition, women also experience different clinical symptoms and complications due to HIV disease.

Today, of the more than 1.1 million people living in the U.S., nearly 280,000, or 24% are women.

Most women are infected through heterosexual sex (84% of new HIV infections in 2010.)

Coping with your Diagnoses

It's important to find a doctor you trust after uncovering your diagnoses.  Sharing your status may seem like a daunting task, however sharing with loved ones will aid in building a support system.  It's also important to notify past sex partners so they can be tested. Depression can accompany your diagnoses with HIV.  Therefore it is very important you connect with a therapist to aid in coping with your diagnoses to ensure you are dealing with it in a healthy manner.  Some symptoms of depression are:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Sleeping frequently
  • Decreased interest or pleasure in activities
  • Loss of energy
  • Change in appetite and weight
  • Poor concentration and memory
  • Feeling guilty or worthless
  • Difficulty functioning and making decisions
  • Hearing voices or belief part of the body is dead
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • frequently crying
  • feeling hopeless

If you are experiencing these feelings seek out help.











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