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December's Spotlight: HIV/AIDS Awareness

HIV awareness is quite important because more than 1 million people in the United States are living with HIV and 1 in 7 don't even know it. HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus, which is the virus that causes HIV infection. The abbreviation “HIV” can refer to the virus or to HIV infection. AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. AIDS is the most advanced stage of HIV infection. HIV attacks and destroys the infection-fighting CD4 cells of the immune system. The loss of CD4 cells makes it difficult for the body to fight infections and certain cancers. Without treatment, HIV can gradually destroy the immune system and advance to AIDS. HIV is spread through sexual contact, blood contact or from the breast milk of a person with HIV. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is the use of HIV medicines to treat HIV infection. People on ART take a combination of HIV medicines (called an HIV regimen) every day. ART is recommended for everyone who has HIV. ART can’t cure HIV infection, but HIV medicines help people with HIV live longer, healthier lives. HIV medicines can also reduce the risk of HIV transmission. It is also important to decrease the stigma and discrimination that people living with HIV experience daily.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 Show more dates
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