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HIV only affects gay people?

Everyone is vulnerable to the HIV virus.

Which protects you most against HIV infection?

Condoms are the only way to effectively protect yourself when having sexual intercourse.

You can tell if somebody has HIV/AIDS by the way they look?

There are no specific visual signs of HIV. Many people who are HIV positive can go their entire lives without showing any symptoms although usually this is because they are receiving treatment.

Is HIV or AIDS transmitted through saliva?

Although HIV can be transmitted through bodily fluids, Saliva is not one of the. HIV can be contracted through 4 different types of bodily fluid: Breast Milk, Vaginal Fluid, Blood, and Semen.

What is the cure for AIDS?

There is no cure for AIDS or HIV. There are medications that HIV + people can take that helps to keep the virus manageable but there is no way to rid your body of the virus once you have become infected.

What does HIV stand for?

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. AIDS stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. This is caused by the immune system being depleted of its cells by HIV. Once enough of these cells have been destroyed by HIV, the body is not capable of fighting off other bacteria and viruses as easily, particularly opportunistic infections. The word “Acquired” is included because you have to catch HIV, it doesn’t just spontaneously occur.

Can you get HIV from mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes cannot transmit HIV. The do not inject blood into bites; they instead inject their saliva which, as we all know, make you very itchy.

What does STD stand for?

Sexually transmitted Diseases (STDs). These can include anything from Hepatitis to HIV to Gonorrhea and Chlamydia. This is why you should always use a condom.

When was the name "AIDS" first used?

AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) was originally called (Gay Related Immuno Deficiency) and was later changed when scientists realized that HIV did not just occur in gay people.

If you were infected with HIV, you might show symptoms

HIV symptoms can sometime show up early and, in other cases, there might not be any symptoms. This is why it is so important to get checked as soon as possible.

New HIV/AIDS drug treatments have lowered the number of AIDS-related deaths in the United States.

If HIV/AIDS is caught early enough, it is completely possible to live a long and healthy life thanks in large part to medications that help to keep the disease in check.

If you are HIV positive and pregnant, there are medicines you can take that can greatly decrease the chances of your baby having HIV.

Since breast milk is one of the ways that HIV is spread, knowing your status is the only sure-fire way to protect your unborn child. Through medications, the chances of an HIV+ woman having an HIV+ child are virtually eliminated.