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December 1st is recognized as World AIDS Day and yet the numbers of HIV/AIDS cases are still climbing and people are still dying and LIVING with the disease!

Most people ignore this because they’re not affected. But what if you were and didn’t know it?

Here are some signs: (most people have the disease and DO NOT HAVE SYMPTOMS)

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Rash
  • Night sweats
  • Muscle aches
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Ulcers in the mouth

Ok, so what happens if you’re POSITIVE?

Once you have been infected with HIV, you will always carry it in your body. There is no cure for HIV. It is a serious, infectious disease that can lead to death if it isn’t treated.

But many scientific and technological advances have made HIV a chronic manageable disease. Many people with HIV lead healthy, happy, and productive lives and learn how to cope with the disease.

What if you’re NOT HIV POSITIVE? 

  • Don’t have sex. Sex (anal, oral, or vaginal) is the main way that HIV is transmitted. If you aren’t having sexual contact, you are 100% protected from getting HIV in that way.
  • Be monogamous. Being monogamous means: 1) You are in a sexual relationship with only one person and 2) Both of you are having sex only with each other. Having only one sex partner reduces your risk of getting HIV—but monogamy won’t protect you completely unless you know for sure that both you and your partner are not infected with HIV.

Click HERE for more information.

Chase Breaxton Health Services is having an event today, checkout the flier:

On Wednesday, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Tau Eta Zeta Chapter will host an event for HIV/AIDS Awareness titled The S-eX Factor, at the American Brewery on N. Gay Street. It’s free to the public!


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