All About AIDS

By the end of 2008, an estimated 1,178,350 U.S. citizens aged 13 and older will be living with HIV.

The Center for Disease Control estimates that 50,000 U.S. citizens will be newly affected by HIV each year.

Stigma and discrimination are major obstacles to effective HIV/AIDS prevention. HIV stigma and fear of discrimination prevents people living with HIV from acknowledging their HIV status publicly. People with, or suspected of having, HIV may be turned away from health care services, denied housing and employment, shunned by their friends and colleagues, turned down for insurance coverage or refused entry into foreign countries. In some cases, they may be evicted from their homes by their families, divorced by their spouses, and suffer physical violence or even murder. The stigma attached to HIV/AIDS may extend into the next generation, placing an emotional burden on children who may also be trying to cope with death of their parents from AIDS. Only by confronting stigma and discrimination will the fight against HIV/AIDS be won. Rapid HIV testing is available in Health Services for a small fee. Results are given to you in 20 minutes.

Over 90% of those infected with HIV were infected via sexual contact. The best way to prevent the transmission of the virus is to use condoms for each sexual act. HIV cannot be transmitted through spitting, bitting, or sharing utensils.

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