Knowing All of the Facts Is Best in AIDS Prevention

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), May 17, 1996 | Go to article overview

Knowing All of the Facts Is Best in AIDS Prevention


Byline: Dianna Hubay

In today's world, adolescents of both sexes are at risk of contracting HIV infection which causes AIDS and leads to death. Anyone, including adolescents, taking unnecessary risks can become infected. Some important facts about AIDS;

- AIDS is fatal.

- Teens can get AIDS too.

- Use condoms to prevent AIDS.

- Even a one-time use of an infected needle can cause you to be infected with HIV.

- One unprotected sexual act with an infected partner can infect you with HIV.

You increase your risk of contracting AIDS when you;

- Have an increased number of sexual partners;

- Use IV drugs;

- Get a tattoo;

- Engage in anal intercourse;

- Engage in any sexual act without the use of condoms, or;

- Use alcohol or other drugs, as sex is more impulsive under the influence.

AIDS: As many as 1.5 million Americans are believed to be infected with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). Some of those 1.5 million people have AIDS, but most have no symptoms at all and may not know that they are infected. Although there are treatments, as yet there is no cure.

HIV is transmitted through the exchange of body fluids like semen, blood, breast milk and vaginal secretions. To be infected, the virus must pass through the skin and membranes into the body.

The HIV virus dies quickly when exposed to the air. …

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