What is HIV/AIDs

Human Immunodeficiency Virus is defined as a retrovirus that gradually causes damage to the immune system. A damaged immune system is not able to fight off infections or diseases, eventually leading to life-threatening illnesses such as cancer. It is important to note that HIV is found in blood, genital fluids, moisture in the rectum, and breast milk. HIV/AIDs is contagious. Although there is no cure for HIV, it can be controlled with proper medication and diet and antiretroviral therapy greatly reduces the contagious properties of the virus.

If you think you may have HIV, you will need to have it verified with a blood test. Some common symptoms include:

Common Signs and Symptoms

  • Night sweats
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Recurring night sweats and fever
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Mouth sores, sores in genital or anal areas

HIV/AIDS Awareness

  • There are approximately 1.8 million children worldwide under the age of 15 living with HIV/AIDs
  • There are approximately 36.7 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDs
  • HIV/AIDs is transmitted via sexual intercourse and needle sharing
  • In the U.S. there are approximately 1out of 8 people who are unaware they have HIV/AIDs

Medications for Managing HIV/AIDs

Additional Resources