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I lost relatives to AIDS. A couple of my closest cousins, favorite cousins. I lost friends to AIDS, high school friends who never even made it to their 21st birthdays in the '80s. When it's that close to you, you can't - you know, you can't really deny it, and you can't run from it.

Queen Latifah

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can someone tell if they have HIV? Are there symptoms?

    The only way to know for sure if you’ve got HIV is to get a special blood test for HIV.Some people get symptoms when they’re newly infected – but not everybody. These symptoms are called “Seroconversion Illness”. Seroconversion Illness is caused by the body’s immune system reacting to HIV, and it can sometimes feel like a cold or flu. It can also include such things as swollen glands, a rash, headache, nausea and/or diarrhea.

  • What Are the Disadvantages of Female Condoms?

    Most people can use female condoms with no problems for themselves or their partners. Some women and men may not like the female condom because it may;

      • 1. cause irritation of the vagina, vulva, penis, or anus
      • 2. slip into the vagina during vaginal intercourse, or into the anus during anal intercourse
      • 3. reduce feeling during intercourse -

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  • I’m pregnant – can I give HIV to my baby?

    Yes – it’s possible. BUT - with the right care and support - you can still have a healthy pregnancy, birth, and baby. For a baby to get HIV, the mother needs to have it first. Then, if she’s not getting treated for HIV, there’s about a 25% chance she might give HIV to her baby during pregnancy or childbirth. However, if she does get treated for HIV during her pregnancy, then the risk of giving HIV to her baby is reduced to less than 5% - very good news, indeed! There is a small chance that a mother with HIV could pass the virus to her baby during breastfeeding, too. So, for that reason, most mothers with HIV are advised to feed their baby formula instead of their breast-milk.

  • I’m using needles to inject drugs/substances. Can I still avoid getting HIV?

    Yes! You can use injection needles and still avoid getting HIV. The risk for HIV comes from sharing needles – not using needles. This is because when someone shares a needle, there’s always blood there from the last person that used it. If the last person who used the needle has HIV, then everyone who uses it next will be exposed to HIV, too.

  • How easy is it to get HIV? I mean, can i get in from insect bites? What are the body fluids that dont transmit HIV?

    No – you can’t get it from bug bites. Actually, HIV needs pretty specific conditions to pass from one person to another. Most folks don’t realize that HIV only lives in certain body fluids – so for HIV to infect someone, they have to get infected blood or sex fluids into their bloodstream.

    Body fluids that don’t transmit HIV are:

    • 1. Saliva (“spit”)
    • 2. Sweat or skin oils
    • 3. Tears - Nasal mucous (“snot”)
    • 4. Urine (“pee”) and feces (“poo”)
    • 5. Vomit
    • 6. Ear wax

  • I've heard there's treatment for HIV...is that true? How well does it work?

    Yes, there is treatment. In fact, the treatment can make it possible for someone to live with HIV, but avoid getting sick with AIDS. The best option is to take anti-HIV medications, also known as “Anti-retroviral Therapy”. These medications don’t get rid of HIV, but are more like “birth control pills” for the virus. They do two main things:

    1. The drugs help to prevent HIV from multiplying, and

    2. This helps the immune system “catch up” by killing off infected cells and letting new immune cells survive.

    This helps the immune system to “rebuild” itself. When taken properly – every day, as prescribed – Anti-Retroviral Therapy can help the immune system stay strong and able to control HIV.

  • What is ‘Window period?

    The blood test to detect HIV in the body (ELISA TEST) doesn’t become positive immediately after the entry of virus into the body. It takes between 1-3 months (maximum 6 months) for this test to become positive. This time between entry of virus into the body and the blood test becoming positive is known as ‘Window period’. The person is infectious i.e. able to transmit the virus during window period.

  • Can I get AIDS virus in a barbershop?

    Chances of getting infected with HIV in a barber’s shop are extremely rare. However, it is best to ensure that the barber uses a new blade while shaving you. Also make sure all his equipment- scissors, razors etc. are clean and dry before he uses them.

  • Can I share a toilet with someone who has AIDS ?

    Definitely. You cannot get and HIV infection from a toilet, public or private, clean or dirty. The AIDS virus cannot survive outside the bodily fluids or in the hope for very long.

  • Can I get the AIDS virus through kissing ?

    While dry kissing in which there is no exchange of body fluids is safe, there is some risk of HIV infection being transmitted through deep kissing particularly if some has got bleeding gums or cuts and sores in the mouth.

  • Can I get HIV from a mosquito bite ?

    No, it is not possible to get HIV from mosquitoes. While sucking blood from someone mosquitoes do not inject blood from any previous person. The only thing that mosquito injects is saliva, which act as a lubricant and enables it to feed more efficiently.

  • Can I become infected with HIV through biting ?

    Infection with HIV in this way is unusual. There have only been couple of documented cases of HIV transmission resulting from biting. In these particular cases severe tissue tearing and damage were reported in addition to the presence of blood.

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