HIV Prevention


What is HIV?

HIV, or Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is a virus that leads to HIV infection. HIV destroys a person's immune system making it hard to fight infections and some cancers. Late stages of HIV infection lead to AIDs, or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.

How could I get HIV?

You get HIV when you come in contact with body fluids from a person who has HIV. This can happen in different ways:

    • Having sex of any kind without a condom
    • Sharing needles when using drugs
    • Sharing items that have blood on them like razors or tattooing needles
    • Medical procedures like blood transfusions or organ transplants
    • From a mother with HIV to her baby during birth or breastfeeding
You do not get HIV from:
    • Toilet seats
    • Hugging 
    • Kissing
    • Sharing food or utensils

How can I learn more about preventing or treating HIV or AIDS?  is a great place to start. This website has information about the virus and how to lower your risk of getting the virus. You can learn how to get tested if you think you have the virus. You can also find out how to stay healthy if you have HIV.



If you are looking for HIV prevention or treatment services in the county where you live, use the links below: