· HIV is primarily spread through 1) unprotected sex (vaginal, anal, oral) with someone who has HIV, 2) sharing needles or syringes, 3) being born to an infected mother, and 4) blood transfusions.
· A person cannot get HIV from hugging or touching someone with HIV/AIDS; using public bathrooms or swimming pools; sharing cups, utensils, or telephones with someone who has HIV/AIDS; or by bug bites.
· HIV can survive in dried blood at room temperature for up to six days or for weeks if wet, such as in used syringes or needles.
· HIV is sensitive to high temperatures but not to extreme cold. Experiments have shown that
· HIV is killed by temperatures over 60° C.
· HIV does not survive as long as other viruses in seawater.
· About a month after contracting HIV, some people will develop flu-like symptoms. These symptoms often go away often within a week or month. After this initial response, a person can have HIV for years before feeling ill.
· Globally, the most common mode of HIV transmission is sexual intercourse, followed by mother-to-child infection, sharing drug-injecting equipment, and contaminated blood or instruments in health care settings.
· The first major Hollywood movie to focus on AIDS was the 1993 film Philadelphia. Tom Hanks received a Best Actor Oscar for his performance.
So… are the facts above interesting enough? Will you think through it? Let’s get tested, know your status so you can safe not only yourself but also others.