LEARN ABOUT HIV




It's been around for 40 years. Let's demystify HIV.

SOME BASIC INFORMATION..

HIV, or Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is a virus that attacks the body's immune system. If left untreated it will progress to AIDS, leaving individuals vulnerable to infections and cancers. Transmission occurs through unprotected sex, needle sharing, and from mother to child.

There is currently no effective cure for HIV however with proper medical care, HIV can be controlled, allowing for long and healthy lives. Prevention efforts, including education, testing, and stigma reduction, are critical in halting its spread and supporting those affected.

Who should get tested? 

Everyone should consider getting tested for HIV, especially those with multiple, different, or new sexual partners whose HIV status is unknown, those who inject drugs, have had STIs, are pregnant, or experience symptoms suggestive of HIV.

How to get testing done?

Depending on your location, you can get tested for HIV at clinics, health centers, or by using home testing kits available at pharmacies or directly from us.

How to get testing done?

Depending on your location, you can get tested for HIV at clinics, health centers, or by using home testing kits available at pharmacies or directly from us.

How can you get HIV? 

HIV is primarily transmitted through unprotected sex (vaginal, anal, or oral), sharing needles, or from mother to child during childbirth or breastfeeding.

Should I get tested for HIV if I don’t have any risk factors? 

Yes, it is recommended to get tested for HIV even if you believe you have no risk factors. HIV can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, or lifestyle.  

What can increase the risk of getting or transmitting HIV?

Unprotected sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) and having multiple partners increase the risk, while sharing needles during drug use significantly heightens transmission rates. Untreated STIs also facilitate HIV transmission. Vertical transmission from pregnant individuals to infants is a concern, though proper medical care can reduce this risk.

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