Stop the Spread | HIV/AIDS Facts
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome).
HIV is NOT spread by casual contact.
HIV is NOT passed by shaking hands, hugging, sharing a phone, or sharing a bathroom with someone who has HIV or AIDS.
HIV is preventable. Abstaining from sex and not sharing equipment (“works”) used for injecting drugs are the best ways to protect yourself from HIV infection.
People living with HIV may look and feel healthy, but can still pass the virus to sex partners and/or needle-sharing partners.
If your HIV test is negative and you have had unprotected sex or shared needles in the past 3 months, you may need to be retested.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the body's immune system. The immune system protects the body from infections and disease, but has no clear way to protect it from HIV. HIV finds and destroys a type of white blood cell (T cells or CD4 cells) that the immune system must have to fight disease. Over time, most people infected with HIV become less able to fight off the germs that we are all exposed to every day. People infected with HIV may have no symptoms for 10 or more years. They may not know they are infected. An HIV test is the only way to find out if you have HIV.