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What is HIV/AIDS?H – Human – This particular virus can only infect human beings.I – Immunodeficiency – HIV weakens your immune system by destroying important cells that fight disease and infection. A "deficient" immune system can't protect you.V – Virus – A virus can only reproduce itself by taking over a cell in the body of its hostA – Acquired – AIDS is not something you inherit from your parents. You acquire AIDS after birth.I – Immuno – Your body's immune system includes all the organs and cells that work to fight off infection or disease.D – Deficiency – You get AIDS when your immune system is "deficient," or isn't working the way it should.S – Syndrome – A syndrome is a collection of symptoms and signs of disease. AIDS is a syndrome, rather than a single disease, because it is a complex illness with a wide range of complications and symptoms.

U.S. Statistics Gay and bisexual of all races are most severely affected with HIV. 1 million are living with HIV in the U.S.. 1-5 people are livng with HIV are unaware of their infection. Every 9.5 minutes someone in the U.S. is infected with HIV.


How do you get it?HIV lives and reproduces in blood and other body fluids. We know that the following fluids can contain high levels of HIV:BloodSemen (cum)Pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum)Breast milkVaginal fluidsRectal (anal) mucousOther body fluids and waste products—like feces, nasal fluid, saliva, sweat, tears, urine, or vomit—don’t contain enough HIV to infect you, unless they have blood mixed in them and you have significant and direct contact with them.

Signs and Symptoms



Many HIV+people do not have symptoms. Often people only begin to feel sick when they progress towards AIDS. As early as 2-4 weeks of exposure to HIV people can experience ARS (the worst flu ever), after the initial infection the virus becomes less active in the body. (Can last up to 10+ years.)

SymptomsSymptoms include:Fevers,Chills,Rash,Night sweats, Muscle Aches,Sore throat,Fatigue, Swollen lymph nodes, ulcers in the mouth, diarrhea, vomiting, wasting symdrome, and ARS but not everyone infected HIV gets ARS.


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