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HIV & Aids

HIV/AIDS: What are they? What are the symptoms?
Human Immuno-deficiency Virus, causes the immune system to breakdown and may cause AIDS, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Symptoms may not appear for many years. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. People with AIDS get many opportunistic infections from viruses, bacteria, funguses, and cancers.

How do you get HIV/AIDS?
It is spread during unprotected sex with someone who has HIV. It is also spread by sharing needles or contact with infected blood, vaginal secretions and breast milk. A mother may pass it to her unborn child during the birth process or by breast feeding.

What if I don't get treated for HIV/AIDS?
There is no cure for HIV/AIDS. If it is not treated it can cause serious illness and death. If you are sexually active, get tested every six months. If you are HIV-positive, see a doctor every three to six months.