HIV

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What is HIV?

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that can weaken a person's immune system and cause them to become very ill. Without treatment, HIV can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). There is currently no cure, however it can be controlled with medication.

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What is HIV?

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that can weaken a person's immune system and cause them to become very ill. Without treatment, HIV can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). There is currently no cure, however it can be controlled with medication.

HIV Transmission

HIV can be transmitted through vaginal and seminal fluids, sharing injection needles, and from mother to child during pregnancy, birth, or breast feeding. HIV is NOT transmitted by sweat, kissing, saliva, tears, or sharing objects, such as food, drinks, or toilet seats.

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HIV Testing

Knowing your HIV status is important. The CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13-64 get routinely tested for HIV. HIV is tested through an oral swab, blood test, or finger prick (rapid test). Contact your primary care provider or local health department for information on how to get tested.