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HIV: Human Immunodeficiency Virus

There are over 900,000 people living with this Virus.  The #1 symptom for HIV is "Flu-like" symptoms. 

AIDS: Aquired Immuno Defieciency Syndrome

There are over 600,000 people living with this Virus. The difference between HIV and AIDS is when your T-cell count falls below 200.

* It's very important to remember that the people living with HIV and AIDS (600,000-900,000) have seen a doctor. Think about how many more people have it that have NOT been to a doctor. That's what we call the "ICE-BERG" effect.

HIV/AIDS cells both attack our T-cells (white blood cells).
The only treatment known to help slow down the process of depletion of T-cells is known as the Aids cocktail. The cocktail is a series of over 30 pills ingested each day.  Yes, it's a series of over 30 pills and is called a cocktail.



HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)

What it is

HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. You can get HIV if you do any of the following:

  • Have sex with someone who has HIV. It can be spread by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Your partner could have HIV and not know it.
  • Share needles with someone who has HIV.

Be aware that:

  • A mother who has HIV can pass it on to her baby before the baby is born, during childbirth, or through her breast milk.
  • If you have any other STD, it could be easier for you to get infected with HIV.


You or your partner can have HIV and not know it. It can be months or years before you feel sick or have any serious signs. But you can still pass HIV to others. Though some people have no symptoms, some signs of HIV may include:

  • Rapid weight loss
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Night sweats
  • Feeling very tired
  • Thrush

How HIV spreads

HIV is passed through:

  • Blood
  • Pre-"cum"
  • Semen
  • Vaginal fluids
  • Breast milk

Long-term effects

If you get HIV, it can affect every part of your body. Treatment can help with this, but the virus is still in your body and you can pass it to others.

HIV can cause these problems:

  • You can give it to others.
  • You have a higher chance of getting other STDs and infections.
  • Over time, HIV keeps your body from fighting off diseases.

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