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15 Things You Should Know about HIV and Safer Sex
- Anyone can get HIV (the virus that causes AIDS)
- HIV attacks your body’s immune system.
- A person with HIV may get sick with certain diseases and then be diagnosed with AIDS.
- Many people who have AIDS in their twenties become infected with HIV in their teens.
- You can be infected with HIV for 10 or more years without having any recognizable symptoms.
- You can’t tell by looking if someone has HIV.
- You can take steps to protect yourself from HIV. Put yourself first. Get tested today.
- If you put yourself at risk you can become infected with HIV. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO YOU ARE.
- You are at risk any time you exchange body fluids (semen, blood, vaginal fluids or breast milk).
- You can become infected if you have sex with an infected person.
- Unprotected sex among infected partners may cause cross-infection resulting in drug resistance.
- You can also become infected if you share needles or syringes with an infected person.
- HIV is not passed through hugging, hand shaking, and coughing, talking, sneezing or toilet seats, water fountains, bathrooms or eating utensils.
- Safer sex means taking steps to protect yourself.
- Choosing not to have sex is safest.