In recognition of World AIDS Day on December 1, Grayson County Health Department encourages everyone in Leitchfield, KY. to get tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In the United States, about 1 in 5 people who have HIV don’t know it.
The only way to know for sure whether or not you have HIV is to get tested. You could have HIV and still feel healthy. Everyone ages 15 to 65 needs to get tested at least once. Some people may need to get tested more often.
HIV is passed from one person to another by:
- Having unprotected sex with a person who has HIV
- Sharing needles with someone who has HIV
- Breastfeeding, pregnancy, or childbirth if the mother has HIV
- Getting a transfusion of blood that’s infected with HIV (very rare in the United States)
Around the world, about 35 million people are living with HIV. In the United States, about 50,000 people get infected with HIV every year. World AIDS Day is a global initiative to raise awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education about HIV and AIDS.
Learn more about HIV/AIDS and how to prevent this disease. For information visit: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/index.html