Know the Facts
The Human Immunodeficiency Virus “HIV” is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system. It is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS if not treated. HIV is treatable but there is no cure for HIV.
HIV can live only in certain fluids of the human body. These fluids are blood, semen, vaginal secretions and breast milk. Saliva, sweat, urine and tears do not spread the virus because they do not have enough white blood cells for the virus to grow and survive.
HIV can be transmitted by any type of sexual contact (anal, penis-to-rectum; vaginal, penis-to-vagina; or oral, mouth-to-penis, -vagina, or -rectum), by blood-to-blood contact, including injecting drugs and sharing needles, or by a woman to her baby either before or during birth or through breastfeeding. HIV is not transmitted through any type of casual contact, nor by insects or animals.
Whether it’s encouraging a friend to go get tested, educating someone on using a condom, or advocating to end HIV discrimination, talking and spreading the word will stop HIV. Join the conversation, with us.HIV Interactive Video