Ignorance and Misinformation Keeping HIV/AIDS Alive

ELCA Young Adult Cohort AIDS2014

Most people probably know that HIV can leads to AIDS, and that AIDS is something that can make you very sick. While there is currently no cure, there is medication that can fight the virus and allow those living with it to live healthy lives. HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus; it is a virus that affects the immune system by destroying immune system cells that help the body fight off bacteria and viruses. AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency syndrome which is classified when the virus destroys a certain number of immune system cells. There are common misperceptions about the way this disease is spread. HIV/AIDS is commonly spread through unprotected sexual intercourse, exchanging needles, and mother to child transmission during birth/breast feeding stage. HIV is not spread through “feces, nasal secretions, saliva, mucus, sweat, tears, urine, or vomit unless these are contaminated with blood.”

Medication exists called Antiretroviral…

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