What is HIV/AIDS?
- HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, which causes the disease called AIDS.
- AIDS stands for Acquired ImmunoDeficiency Syndrome, and is a sexually transmitted disease.
- AIDS is the final stage of HIV infection and it can take years for a person infected with HIV to reach this stage.
- Having AIDS means that the virus has weakened the immune system to the point at which the body has a difficult time fighting any infections.
- However, with today's new treatments, people who are HIV-positive can live full, active lives, and avoid progressing to AIDS...if the viral infection is known at an early stage. Don't wait. Get tested today!
HIV/AIDS Testing and Treatment:
Who is Most at Risk for HIV/AIDS?
Anyone can get HIV—women and men, straight or gay. If you answer yes to one of the following questions, you should get tested.
- Have you had sex without a condom, even just once?
- Have you had more than one sex partner?
- Have you ever had a sexually transmitted disease?
- Have you ever shared a needle?
For more detailed information about HIV/AIDS testing, counseling and treatment, visit the following websites: