World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is December 1st! World AIDS Day gives people the opportunity to unite to fight the AIDS epidemic. Globally, there are approximately 34 million people who have the virus. Since the discovery of the virus in 1988, 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS. For World AIDS Day, you can wear a red ribbon to support the effort. For more information about World Aids Day, go to https://www.worldaidsday.org

Information courtesy of worldaidsday.org 

Here Are Some Facts About HIV and AIDS

  • HIV is the virus that causes the infection. AIDS is the most advanced stage of HIV. 
  • HIV spreads through
    • Blood
    • Semen
    • Pre-seminal Fluid
    • Rectal Fluid
    • Vaginal Fluid
    • Breast Milk
  • Symptoms of HIV 
    • Flu-like Symptoms in 2-4 Weeks
      • Fever
      • Chills
      • Rash
    • Weakened Immunity
    • Opportunistic Infections (more common and sever infections that occur in people with a weakened immunity) 
  • Treatment for HIV
    •  Antiretroviral Therapy or ART for short
  • How AIDS is Diagnosed
    • Person’s CD4 count is less than 200 cells/mm3
    • Person has developed certain opportunistic infections 

For more information, go to https://aidsinfo.nih.gov/understanding-hiv-aids/fact-sheets/19/45/hiv-aids–the-basics

Information courtesy of the National Institute of Health