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HIV-101

what is HIV?

What is HIV? HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV takes over cells in the immune system to make more copies of itself and in the process it weakens the immune system. With modern treatment, people living with HIV are able to live long and healthy lives. If left untreated, HIV can cause people to […]

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Ways to prevent HIV Transmission

HIV and sex: When you are having sex, there are many ways to prevent the transmission of HIV, including the use of water-based or silicone-based lube, condoms, not sharing sex toy with your partner, being on PrEP if HIV-negative, or having an undetectable viral load if HIV-positive. If sharing sex toys is a part of the […]

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How is HIV Transmitted

Stop the spread! How is HIV passed on? HIV is only passed through specific fluids: blood, semen and ejaculatory fluid, vaginal and anal fluid, and breast milk are the only bodily fluids where a high enough viral load is possible to facilitate transmission. When one of these fluids in a person living with HIV enters […]

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HIV Testing

An untreated HIV infection takes a long time to become noticeable (sometimes up to 10 years without symptoms) the only way to be certain of your HIV status is to be tested. People who are on PrEP are tested every 3 months; however, if a person is not on PrEP, a good testing timeline is […]

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