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Added August 01, 2013

What Is AIDS?

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What is AIDS?

AIDS is an illness caused by the HIV (human immuno-deficiency) virus. As the HIV virus makes the immune system weaker, and full-blown AIDS developsinfections can set in, and cancerous cells can develop.

 

Who is at risk for HIV/AIDS?

Anyone can be at risk for AIDS, since the HIV virus is spread through the exchange of bodily fluids (blood, semen, vaginal discharge, and breast milk). This could happen through sexual activity, using a hypodermic needle used by someone with HIV, or even through a blood transfusion. Almost half the people with HIV in the United States are womenand that percentage is growing. You can decrease the odds of contracting HIV/AIDs by avoiding situations that are risky (e.g., unprotected sexual intercourse, use of others' intravenous needles, etc.)

 

How can you avoid getting HIV/AIDS?

Abstinence from sexual intercourse or activity where bodily fluids are exchanged (like oral or anal sex) eliminates the risk. Use of condoms lowers the risk.

 

Can you get HIV/AIDS from using someone's glass or fork?

It is highly unlikely that you could get HIV/AIDS through this type of "casual contact."

 

Can you get HIV/AIDS from kissing?

It is unlikely that HIV can be spread through kissing.

 

How can you get HIV/AIDS?

The most common way HIV is contracted is through heterosexual (man/woman) intercourse. Unprotected oral sex with a man who has HIV could also cause infection in a woman, since a woman may have small cuts in the mouth (tongue or gums). You could also contract AIDS by sharing a needle with an intravenous drug user. Some people have contracted AIDS from tainted blood used in a blood transfusion, and babies can get HIV from their mothers through breast milk if the mother is infected.

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Clara4lyfe
Clara4lyfe
Posted October 27, 2014
Whoever asked this I forgot the username but protected sex means using a condom or other protection. Yes, birth control but also use a condom to ensure safety against STD's. Google it, condoms just prevent fertilization from occurring, therefore ruling out the possibility. Abstinence is best, the act of not having sex. Now u know. Bye!
lovbeingagirl
lovbeingagirl
Posted July 29, 2014
I am extremly confused about the difference between AIDS,STI's, STD's, and HIV? Are they saying thing or something diffrent.
Irish_unicorn
Irish_unicorn
Posted July 02, 2012
I heard somewhere that every time you count to five, someone in America is catching the HIV/AIDS virus. :( it's sad but, hey, it's reality.
cupcakes1207
cupcakes1207
Posted July 16, 2013
I had no idea it could be pass on by breast milk
Stef123
Stef123
Posted July 27, 2012
I want to have sex when i am married but i will be careful:D
JayaB213
JayaB213
Posted December 05, 2012
Some celebrities have HIV/AIDS like Freddie Mercury from the band queen (We will rock you!)Its really sad that HIV/AIDS has no cure but there is medicine but its really expensive I feel bad for the people who do have the disease because they suffer so much and the only thing they think about is regretting the cause of getting HIV/AIDS I wish one day that there can be a cure
TacoChica
TacoChica
Posted June 03, 2012
that's sooo sad. when i have sex i'm gonna be careful
boowahboo1
boowahboo1
Posted July 01, 2012
That's kind of nasty but at least you know how to avoid getting HIV/AIDS
laffytaffy8000
laffytaffy8000
Posted December 31, 2011
That's scary and eww and weird
20DawgFan07
20DawgFan07
Posted November 29, 2011
I had no idea it could be passed through breast milk!
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