Getting the facts about HIV.

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Want the truth about HIV?

Unfortunately, there are still many myths about HIV that could leave you feeling overwhelmed and concerned. So, let's take a moment to look at some of the false or misleading information and replace it with the facts you need to know to feel prepared to manage your HIV.

Terms you may hear

We have defined some key terms that might be helpful to know as you are starting and sticking with treatment.

Did you know?

HIV is NOT a death sentence.

While HIV used to be considered a death sentence, today's treatments make it possible for people living with HIV to live longer and healthier lives. And it's never too late to start treatment. But it's important to stick to treatment and take good care of yourself.

Acquiring HIV does NOT mean you have or will have AIDS.

HIV and AIDS are not the same thing. HIV is a virus that weakens the immune system. It can cause inflammation and damage inside the body, making it harder for your immune system to fight off other diseases. If left untreated, HIV can eventually lead to AIDS, also known as acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Living with HIV does not mean it has to progress to AIDS. Sticking to treatment can help you live a longer and healthier life.

Real person living with HIV.

Treatment conversation

Sometimes the best way to educate yourself and others is by having a conversation with a healthcare provider. The right healthcare provider will always have your best interest in mind.

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HIV is NOT a "gay man's disease".

HIV can happen to anyone regardless of assigned sex at birth, gender identity, or sexual orientation. And HIV doesn't have to change who you are.

People CANNOT get HIV by being around people who are living with HIV.

HIV cannot be transmitted through touch, tears, sweat, or air. You can get it from blood, semen, rectal fluid, vaginal fluid, or breast milk. And research shows that while taking treatment as prescribed and getting to and staying undetectable is one way to prevent transmitting HIV through sex, there are other prevention methods available that you should discuss with your healthcare provider.

Today's HIV treatments DO work.

In the beginning of the HIV epidemic, there were no effective medicines for HIV, and the idea of living a long life with HIV was a distant dream. Today, HIV treatment can help people living with HIV live longer, healthier lives. Have a conversation with your healthcare provider about which HIV treatment may work best for you.