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Get Smart About HIV
The Human Immunodeficiency Virus is universally known as HIV and was declared an epidemic by the CDC in the Spring of 1981. Reported by the CDC, there will be about 50,000 new HIV infections every year in the United States and it is estimated that 1,178,350 people are currently living with the virus at the end of 2008. Of the people living with HIV, roughly twenty percent don't understand they have the disease and thus are not receiving the right treatment and risk spreading HIV unknowingly.
The CDC approximates that HIV awareness and testing programs have thwarted over 350,000 HIV infections each year . Knowing your status through regular HIV and STD testing and practicing safe sex can greatly lower your risks of infection.
HIV weakens the body's immune system by doing damage to certain white blood cells known as T-cells (T-lymphocytes). These T-cells are an essential component of orchestrating the body's immune system. Over time, a person's damaged immune system leaves them extremely susceptible to other viruses and infections and can develop into AIDS.
HIV is transmittable when HIV positive blood, semen, or vaginal secretions are spread between partners commonly during unprotected vaginal, anal or oral intercourse. HIV can also be transmitted by sharing syringes that are contaminated with HIV positive fluid.
There is no cure for HIV. However, being HIV positive is no longer a death sentence. There have been great advancements in the effectiveness of HIV medications. Living a long and healthy life while HIV positive is a possibility with proper medical care. Get HIV tested, early detection is vital to increasing the effectiveness of treatment.
Jacksonville HIV & STD Statistics
STDs and HIV are still a problem in America and in Jacksonville. Below are a couple national, Florida and Duval County stats and facts about HIV and STDs:
People Living with HIV
People Living with AIDS
All Syphilis Infections
More STD Statistical Resources
Florida Department of Health
* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, HIV Incidence and Case Surveillance Branch