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COMMUNITY HEALTH CORNER by
December 1 is World AIDS Day. AIDS stands for ac-quired
immunodeficiency syndrome. AIDS is the
most advanced stage of the HIV, human immunode-ficiency
HIV attacks the body’s immune system, reducing
the number of CD4 cells (T cells) in the body. Over
time, HIV can destroy so many of these cells that the
body can’t fight off infections and disease. These op-portunistic
infections or cancers take advantage of a very
weak immune system and signal that the person has AIDS.
In the United States, HIV is spread mainly by having sex with or sharing drug in-jection
equipment with someone who is infected with HIV. HIV transmission is
possible at any stage of HIV infection—even if an HIV-infected person has no
symptoms of HIV. To reduce your risk of HIV infection, use condoms correctly
and consistently during sex, limit your number of sexual partners, and never share
drug injection equipment.
The only way to know for sure if you have HIV is to get tested. Your healthcare
provider or many medical clinics, substance abuse programs, community health
centers and hospitals offer HIV tests.
No effective cure for HIV currently exists, but the proper treatment and medical
care can dramatically prolong the lives of many people with HIV, keep them healthy,
and greatly lower their chance of transmitting the virus to others. Today, a person
who is diagnosed with HIV, treated before the disease is far advanced, and stays
on treatment can live as nearly as long as someone who does not have HIV. Addi-tionally,
HIV medicines can stop the HIV infection from progressing to AIDS.
Without HIV medicines, HIV can advance to AIDS in about 10 to 12 years.
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