In honor of World AIDS day this month, we want to help raise awareness about HIV and help you understand AIDS.
HIV is an infection transmitted between people by bodily fluids like blood. People can have flu-like symptoms 2 to 4 weeks after becoming infected.
HIV multiplies in your system, and without HIV treatment, it usually advances to AIDS in 10 years or longer, when the immune system is severely damaged.
Women with HIV can give it to their babies during pregnancy or childbirth, but your doctor can help you prevent this with medicine, C-sections, and formula.
If you’re HIV positive, make sure you know how to prevent transmission to protect your loved ones and partners.
Talk to your doctor, get tested regularly, and know how to prevent HIV infection and protect yourself now.
If you’ve just been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, what can you expect? Know what tests and treatments come next.
Understand how your care team, including case managers, can help you manage HIV/AIDS, and learn more about living with HIV/AIDS.