HIV Awareness Month

HIV Awareness Month

HIV is the virus that attacks body cells that help fight infections and, when left untreated, can lead to AIDS. HIV transmission occurs mainly through contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person. These bodily fluids include blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, vaginal fluid, rectal fluids, and breast milk. Several therapies have been developed to treat HIV, including methods of preventing HIV through sexual intercourse. However, the only way to know if you are positive is by getting tested.

There are three stages of HIV symptoms:

Stage 1- Acute HIV Infection

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Flu-like symptoms

Stage 2- Clinical Latency

  • The virus is still multiplying- but flu-like symptoms are gone

Stage 3- AIDS

  • Weakening of the immune system (as a result of abandoning treatment)
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Night sweats


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