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What is HIV?
- HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system. If left untreated, it can lead to AIDS.
How do people get HIV?
- HIV can be transmitted by sexual contact and sharing needles/injection equipment to inject drugs
- HIV can also be spread from a mother to the child during pregnancy, birth, or breast/chest feeding.
Who should get tested for HIV?
- Everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 should be tested for HIV at least once.
- All pregnant people should get tested.
- People with certain risk factors should get tested more often. You should get tested at least once a year if:
- You’re a man who has had sex with another man.
- You’ve had anal or vaginal sex with someone who has HIV.
- You’ve had more than one sex partner since your last HIV test.
- You’ve shared needles, syringes, or other drug injection equipment
- You’ve exchanged sex for drugs or money.
- You’ve been diagnosed with or treated for another sexually transmitted disease
- You’ve been diagnosed with or treated for hepatitis or tuberculosis
- You’ve had sex with someone who has done anything listed above or with someone whose sexual history you don’t know
How is HIV treated?
- There is currently no cure for HIV.
- HIV treatment involves taking medicine as prescribed by a health care provider. There are many different daily oral medications you can take as well as monthly or bi-monthly long-acting shots.
- Treatment reduces the amount of HIV in your body and helps you stay healthy.