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What is HIV?
Human Immunodeficiency Virus:
  1. Any of several retroviruses and especially HIV-1 that infect and destroy helper T-cells of the immune system causing the marked reduction in their numbers that is diagnostic of AIDS. Two strains have been identified: HIV-1 and HIV-2.
  2. A variable retrovirus that invades and inactivates helper T-cells of the immune system and is a cause of AIDS and AIDS-related complex: variants were identified in several laboratories and independently named lymphadenopathy-associated virus (LAV), human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 3 (HTLV-3), and AIDS-related virus (ARV), the name human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) being subsequently proposed by an international taxonomy committee.
  3. A T-Cell 201 or above.

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Being infected with HIV does not mean you have AIDS. If HIV is left untreated the infection will damage a person's immune system to the point that can lead to AIDS.

What Is The Simple HIV Definition?
HIV is a virus that multiplies very quickly in the body and the good cells in our body that are there to fight off disease get worn down by the HIV Virus so much so that they can no longer do their job. At this point the immune system become weak and the body has very little defense becoming unable to keep a HIV positive person healthy. 

What Is AIDS?
Acquired Immune (or immuno) Deficiency Syndrome:

  • A disease of the human immune system that is characterized cytological especially by a reduction in the numbers of CD4-bearing helper T-cells to 20 percent or less of normal thereby rendering the subject highly vulnerable to life-threatening conditions and that is caused by infection with HIV commonly transmitted in infected blood and in bodily secretions (as semen) during sexual intercourse.
  • When the body's immune system of an HIV infected person has reached the most serious stage this is then called AIDS. The HIV virus attacks the body cells that fight off infections. If left alone the HIV virus will continue to attack these cells wear them down to where the body is unable to fight off sometimes even low risk infections. The body being in this weakened stage leaves it at a high risk of serious and life-threatening infections and cancers. 

When Does HIV Become AIDS?
When an HIV positive persons t-cell count becomes lower than 200, they are considered to have AIDS, or commonly referred to as "full-blown AIDS." 

How Does HIV / AIDS Spread?
HIV is transmitted by:

  • Blood, Breast Milk, Semen or Vaginal Secretions

You will not get HIV from:

  • Kissing, hugging, shaking hands, tears, sweat, urine, feces, vomit, snot, saliva, coughing, sneezing, or drinking or eating from cups, glasses, silverware, plates or straws
When Should I Have An HIV Test Done?
The World Health Organization scientists suggest that new cases of HIV infection could be slashed by 95% if everyone aged 15 and over were to be tested annually and given antiretroviral therapy if necessary. If a person is sexually active they should have at least one HIV test per year.
 
What Should I Do If I Test Positive For HIV?
Find yourself an HIV specialist and make an appointment immediately. Often a newly infected person will not feel sick and think they can wait to get medical treatment. The importance of Early HIV Treatment is this can delay the progression of HIV to AIDS, thus helping to preserve the body's own immune system.
 
International HIV Awareness Campaign (IHIVAC)
In the fall of 2010 Osito began the process of launching its IHIVAC. Osito took a look with “Fresh Eyes” at the AIDS epidemic over the 30 years and and identified we must have more awareness about HIV in multiple areas such as: Prevention, HIV Aging, HIV Drug Resistance, HAART- Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy, HIV Healthy Living, HIV & Heart Disease, HIV & Minorities, HIV & Minority Women, HIV Pregnancy, HIV Treatment Adherence, HIV Medications, Myths about HIV/AIDS, Routine HIV Testing, Stop HIV Stigma, Stopping HIV, Treating HIV, Why HIV Meds, and Why HIV Testing.

Because of the advances in medical care in treating HIV, HIV positive people are living much longer and fewer and fewer people are dying of AIDS. Being diagnosed with HIV or finding out your HIV has advanced to the stage of AIDS is no longer a death sentence. Treatment of HIV has to some extent become more like treating a chronic disease much like heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease.

The increase in new HIV infections in the 13-24 year old and the Minority women should be at the top of the list for everyone in the world. HIV is 100% preventable and we can make a difference if we all were to educate ourselves on how HIV is spread, what the difference is between HIV and AIDS, why a person who is HIV positive should begin Antiretroviral Therapy as soon as possible, why treatment adherence and routine HIV testing is so important and other things regarding HIV.

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