Some Important Facts About HIV
Many HIV-infected people do not have symptoms
and are not aware that they are able to spread the disease.
Therefore, it is important to be tested within six months
after possible exposure.
Symptoms can appear anytime from one to
ten years or more depending on the person. Some of the symptoms
persistent or recurrent fever
weight loss without any reason
chills or night sweats
loss of appetite
fatigue or tiredness
spots on the skin or other parts of the body
swollen glands in the neck, armpits or groin
white spots in the mouth or throat
HIV knows no boundaries. It can infect men,
women, and children of any age, race, or ethnicity. With the
development of new medications and increased knowledge, more
HIV-infected individuals will be living longer and fuller
lives. Early testing is the key to staying healthy, so don't
wait until you get sick to get tested. If you or someone you
know is living with HIV or AIDS and is in need of help or
more information, please call our office at 1.800.604.4045.
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What Is HIV?
HIV stands for the Human Immune Deficiency
Virus. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. HIV weakens a person's
ability to fight disease. HIV attacks the body's self defense
system so that it is unable to fight off other illnesses.
People with HIV can develop diseases or infections that usually
are not harmful for people with healthy immune systems.
How Is HIV Passed?
||By having unprotected sex with an HIV-infected
||Sharing infected needles used to inject drugs, medicine,
steroids, or vitamins, or for ear piercing or tattoos.
||Through blood transfusions from an HIV-infected donor
||An HIV-infected mother to her baby
|| Handling HIV-infected blood/body fluids bare-handed
with open sores
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