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Topic: HIV/AIDS Awareness

HIV/AIDS Awareness

Click through to see the AIDS clock. Each time the top clock moves, it shows that a person has just been irreversibly infected by HIV. He or she does not yet know that the HIV virus is at work, silently invading their immune cells and turning them into HIV-producing factories that will produce billions of particles of the virus. 

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Interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci
Head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the N.I.H.

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Interview with Dr. David Ho

Dr. David Ho
CEO of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, Professor at Rockefeller University Medical School and Head of the China AIDS Initiative

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HIV/AIDS Basics

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is the virus that causes AIDS or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. HIV harms the body's immune system by attacking certain kinds of cells, known as helper T cells or CD4 cells, which defend the body against illness.

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HIV Prevention and Testing

There is no cure for HIV/AIDS, but it is preventable. 

  • Choose not to have sex, or make an agreement with a partner who is not HIV-positive to be sexually faithful to each other, and stick to it. 
  • Use a condom for vaginal or anal sex, and barrier methods, such as a condom or dental dam, for oral sex. 
  • If you are HIV-positive and you are pregnant, see your health care provider to get appropriate treatment. Treatments are available to significantly reduce the risk of passing the infection to your child during pregnancy and delivery. 
  • Do not share needles for any kind of injection drug use. 
  • Get Tested! And ask partners to do the same.

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Information For Parents

As upsetting and confusing as it can be to bring up the subject of HIV/AIDS with young children, it's essential to do so. By the time they reach third grade, research shows that as many as 93 percent of children have already heard about HIV/AIDS.­

While kids are hearing about HIV/AIDS early on, what they are learning is often inaccurate and frightening. You can help them understand--if you know the facts yourself. The information below provides helpful guidance for talking to young children in ways that they may better understand.

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Protection/Additional Information

Know the facts about HIV/AIDS! For more about the information on this website, please call 1-866-344-KNOW to speak with an AIDS expert, or talk with your health care provider. There is no cure for HIV/AIDS, but it is preventable.

  • Choose not to have sex, or make an agreement with a partner who is not HIV-positive to be sexually faithful to each other, and stick to it.
  • Know your partner's sexual and drug history.
  • Use a condom for vaginal or anal sex, and barrier methods, such as a condom or dental dam, for oral sex.
  • It might be a difficult subject to bring up, but you need to know your partner's sexual and drug history. 
  • Do not share needles for any kind of injection drug use.­
  • If you are HIV-positive, see your health care provider to get appropriate treatment. There are advances in the treatment of HIV/AIDS occurring all the time--and new medications allow people to live longer and healthier lives. 
  • Get Tested! And ask partners to do the same.

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Activists’ Personal Stories

Teresa Brown, a longtime resident of Detroit, is the mother of two sons. In 1997, her eldest son, Marteniz, was diagnosed with HIV at the age of 18 when he was routinely tested as part of his admittance to the Air Force. He credits her unwavering love and support with helping him cope with his diagnosis. As a youth specialist at a Michigan Juvenile Correctional Facility, Ms. Brown helped educate other young people about HIV/AIDS. ­­

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