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Join The Fight: Let’s End HIV Together

Help stop the spread and bring the HIV epidemic to an end. Since 1981, 700,000+ lives have been lost to HIV. Currently, more than 1.1 million people are living with HIV, with many more at risk of infection.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Make a Difference: Stop HIV Stigma

Learn how you can stand up to HIV discrimination. Understanding HIV stigma is extremely important. When we better understand HIV stigma, we can make a difference for those who are living an HIV positive life by addressing and preventing it. HIV...

HIV VS AIDS: Are They The Same Thing?

Learn more about the differences between HIV and AIDS.  HIV and AIDS are very closely related, but they’re not exactly the same thing.  HIV is a virus that can progress to AIDS if certain medial problems appear during the course of your HIV diagnosis. Not...

Have Questions about HIV?

What exactly is HIV?

HIV, which is short for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system, weakening it over time. This makes it difficult or impossible for the body to fight off infections and some diseases. If left untreated, HIV can progress into AIDS, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, the last stage of HIV infection.

What are the symptoms of HIV?

While some don’t exhibit any of the following, initial HIV symptoms can occur between 2 and 4 weeks after exposure and may include chills, fever, rash, muscle aches, night sweats, sore throat, mouth ulcers and more. 

Is there a cure for HIV?

Currently, there is no cure for HIV. While this may be, modern medical treatments are extremely effective at controlling HIV and, when taken routinely, help people live long, healthy lives.

Does HIV affect how long a person lives?

In most cases, HIV can only impact a person’s lifespan if they are not receiving treatment. Failure to receive treatment will result in HIV progressing to AIDS, which can be fatal.

What treatment options are there for HIV?

Antiretroviral therapy, a.k.a. ART, is the most common treatment for HIV. When taken on a regular basis, ART can greatly reduce the content levels of HIV in a person’s blood. ART may come in the form of one pill or several to be taken together.

How soon should a person start treatment?

A person should begin treatment as soon as possible after receiving an HIV diagnosis. Delaying treatment may speed up the progression of HIV into AIDS, which can be life threatening.

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View our free booklet with more information on how to live your best HIV life.

Receiving an HIV diagnosis may leave you feeling many emotions all at once or questioning your past and future. As you navigate your feelings, remember that this new experience isn’t the end of your life as you once knew it. You’re still you. Now is the time to take control of your body.