HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system, which is the system that fights infection in your body. People with HIV usually don’t have any signs that they are sick until their immune system can’t fight off infection anymore. When the person comes to this point, they are said to have AIDS. They can [...]
HIV is a virus that either someone has or doesn’t have. If someone has HIV, then they are said to be “HIV positive”. This means they have tested positive for having HIV in their body. If someone doesn’t have HIV, they are said to be “HIV negative”. This means they have tested negative for having [...]
In 2004, there were 2362 people living with the HIV virus in Manitoba. This makes up 4.61 of the Canadian population living with HIV. As Manitobans average 3.73% of the population of Canada, we have a higher figure proportionally of people living with the virus.
There are many ways you can support someone living with HIV. One of the simplest ways is to be non-judgemental. If someone feels like they are going to be judged by someone for being HIV positive, then they aren’t going to turn to that person for support. Treat them like you would treat any friend; [...]
There are many theories about where and how HIV/AIDS came to be. One of the main theories is that HIV evolved from a similar virus that chimpanzees carried. In Central Africa chimpanzees are hunted for food and its possible that during the process of hunting and cooking, chimpanzee blood and human blood came into direct [...]
No, there is no cure for HIV at the moment. There is HIV treatment which is medicine that helps keep a person’s immune system strong. This treatment, and taking care of oneself by getting lots of rest and eating well, helps someone with HIV to live longer.
HIV cannot survive outside of the body. On an intact surface, such as your skin without any open cuts for example, it dies right away. At the most it could survive for a couple of minutes. Please call the AIDS/STI Info Line if you want more information.
No, the four fluids in the human body that can transmit the HIV virus are blood, semen and vaginal fluids (sex fluids), and breast milk. Not coming into contact with these four fluids is the safest. This includes not sharing needles (for drugs, tattoos, piercings, and otherwise), not fighting, practicing safer sex (using condoms and [...]
There are 2 types of HIV: HIV-1 & HIV-2. HIV-1 is the most common. Both types lead to AIDS. HIV is a virus that mutates quickly, so within these 2 types there are various strains. If two people who were both infected with HIV had unprotected sex, it would be possible to re-infect each other [...]
A T-cell is a type of lymphocyte. It is a type of white blood cell that protects you from viruses, helps other cells fight bacteria and fungus, produces antibodies, fights cancers, and coordinates the activities of other cells in the immune system. A low T-cell count is referring to someone’s T4 cells, which control the [...]
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