World AIDS Day
Chapa-De Health Care Auburn Grass Valley
December 1, 2017
World AIDS Day – Each year, World AIDS Day takes place on December 1st to unite people around the world in the fight against HIV. World AIDS Day was founded in 1988, and served as the first global health day.
Around the world, there is an estimated 36.7 million people who are living with the HIV virus, while 35 million more people have died from HIV or AIDS. Since the virus was only identified in 1984, this makes HIV one of the most destructive diseases in history.
What is HIV/Aids?
- HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus, which is the virus that can lead to AIDS-acquired immunodeficiency syndrome if it is not treated.
- HIV attacks the body’s immune system, which makes it harder for the body to fight off infections.
- There is currently no cure for HIV/AIDS, but with the proper precautions and medical care, HIV can be controlled.
- There are three stages of the HIV infection:
- Acute HIV
- Clinical HIV
Facts about HIV in the United States
- More than 1.1 million people in the US are living with HIV/AIDS today
- 1 out of 7 are unaware they have it
- From 2008 to 2014, the estimated number of HIV infections diagnosed declined 18%
HIV can be transmitted through:
- Unprotected sexual intercourse with an infected person
- Transfusions of contaminated blood or blood products
- Sharing of contaminated injecting equipment and solutions (needles, syringes) or tattooing equipment
- Transmission between a mother and her baby during pregnancy and childbirth
There are important steps you can take to protect yourself and others from HIV:
- Using a latex/polyurethane condom (male or female) when you have sex. (Use only water-based lubricants. Oil-based lubricants will make condoms less effective.)
- Not sharing needles for injecting drugs, steroids, vitamins, tattooing, or piercing.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that all people ages 13 to 64 get screened for HIV. At Chapa-De, we follow that recommendation and HIV testing is now part of your regular medical care. It is very common for your Primary Care Provider to perform an HIV test and we also invite you to request a HIV test when you feel it is best.
If you would like to be tested for HIV, please call us to schedule an appointment. Call (530) 887-2800 for our Auburn Health Center or (530) 477-8545 for Grass Valley.
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