Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a disease that affects more than 1 million Americans, and it severely lowers the body’s ability to fight infections and diseases.
What is AIDS?
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that is contracted through bodily fluids and can develop into AIDS. Having unprotected sex with an infected person, coming in contact with blood or sharing contaminated needles can all spread the HIV virus. HIV can affect anyone of any age, race, gender or sexual orientation.
The majority of people infected with this disease have contracted it through sexual contact, and many people do not even know that they are infected. The best ways to stay healthy and avoid this disease are: to never share needles; to avoid touching or mixing blood with another person, to abstain from premarital sex – and if that’s not an option, then to practice safe sex by always using a condom; and to get tested with your partner.
There are still many myths associated with AIDS. It cannot be spread by kissing or through saliva. You cannot contract the disease by sharing utensils or by being in close contact with someone who has the disease. It is not airborne and it cannot be spread like the common cold or flu.
What is World AIDS Day?
Every year on December 1st, people from around the globe unite to spread awareness about AIDS, to support people that are currently living with the disease and to celebrate the lives and memories of those who have died.
World AIDS day acts as a reminder that this disease is still affecting millions of people worldwide.
What can the community do to help?
- Wear a red ribbon. Show your support for people living with HIV and help raise awareness.
- Talk about it. Spread the word about AIDS. Make sure your family, children and friends have all of the information they need to stay healthy and to help dispel the stigma and discrimination that still remains for those living with the disease.
- Organize a fundraiser or bake sale. Raise money to help find a cure and support a good cause
- Attend an event. Hundreds of events are taking place across the country. Attend one and show your support.
- Visit www.aids.gov for more information.
Do you have more questions about HIV and AIDS?
If you have any questions about AIDS and wish to speak in confidence with one of our healthcare professionals, visit one of our clinics today. Visit www.velocitycare.com/locations to find a clinic near you.
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