December 1st is World Aids Day, a day that has been established to raise awareness on HIV/AIDS disease and encourage people to focus on prevention, testing, and treatment.  Thirty-seven million people worldwide live with HIV.

HIV/AIDS is a life-threatening disease.  The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) attacks the immune system making it more vulnerable to infections and diseases. With no treatment, HIV patients develop Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, AIDS, making it impossible to fight infections.  HIV when diagnosed early, can be treatable, and many times therapy leads to a low virus load, making the virus undetectable and not transmittable.  This does not mean that the virus has disappeared from the human body. So, it’s important to remain compliant with therapy!

HIV is transmittable with the common use of drug needles, sex acts that include exchanging body fluids, infected blood transfusion from mother to child during pregnancy, labor, and breastfeeding. AIDS is not transmittable through saliva, sweat, tears or kisses, insect bites, handshakes, common use of towels, dishes, glasses.

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