HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome).
Over 34 million people are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide; almost a million in the U.S.
In Wyoming, over 230 people are living with HIV/AIDS.
You may get infected with HIV if you –
Have unprotected (not using a condom) oral, vaginal or anal sex with someone who is infected;
Share needles, syringes or works with someone who is infected;
Are exposed (fetus or infant) to HIV before or during birth or through breast feeding.
HIV is not transmitted by shaking hands, hugging, kissing, or sitting on a toilet seat.
5 ways to prevent HIV:
Get tested and know your status.
Know your partners status.
Use a condom every time you have oral, vaginal or anal sex.
Don’t inject drugs, but if you do, don’t share equipment (needles, syringes, works).
Symptoms of early HIV infection include:
Having flu-like (fever, body aches, chills) symptoms that last for a week or two.
Unexplained weight loss.
Thrush (white growth in mouth or on/under tongue)
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Currently, there is no cure for HIV/AIDS or vaccine to prevent it.
Treatments are available to reduce viral load and to increase or stabilize the body’s immune system.
WDH sponsored clinics use the Clearview Complete 1/2 Rapid Test which uses a small amount of blood from a finger prick to look for HIV antibodies. Preliminary test results are available in 15 minutes. If a person has a reactive test (presumably positive), a larger blood sample will be submitted to a laboratory to confirm or not confirm the results.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NPIN, HIV Fact Sheets, 2012
- HIV Prevention with Positives
"The site orients providers to system-level approaches to HIV prevention with persons living with HIV. In a practical way, the site describes ten components of the continuum of care. It provides tools for health departments, community based and AIDS service organizations, and medical clinics to collaborate and enhance the effectiveness of their prevention efforts. The site directs providers to important resources for HIV Prevention with Positives programs and services. "
- Wyoming Health Council
Here you will find information about reproductive health and family planning; men’s, women’s and adolescent health; Wyoming Migrant Health Program; Women’s Wellness Program; and Faith Community Nursing. By clicking on the topic buttons on their web site you will be connected to current information, research and links to other valuable websites and resources.
- Wyoming Department of Education
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- WY Dept. of Health HIV / AIDS / Services
A program serving Wyoming citizens by promoting equal access to quality health care, serving as a source of current and reliable information, and fostering proactive interventions to reduce the transmission of HIV, AIDS and hepatitis.
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he nation's leading website about HIV/AIDS and a trusted source of information about the disease
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- National Minority AIDS Council
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- Kaiser Family Foundation
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- Health Resources and Services Administration
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- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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- Advocates for Youth
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