New Hope for Orphans: World AIDS Day 2010
HIV - Human Immunodeficiency Virus HIV is a virus and needs cells of a living organism to make copies of itself. HIV attacks the human immune system by using its cells to reproduce. The HIV virus causes AIDS.
AIDS - Acquired Immune Deficiency
Syndrome AIDS is a diagnosable medical condition. A person is diagnosed with AIDS when their immune system is weakened by the HIV virus to the point where it can no longer fight off infections.
HIV is transmitted in 3 main ways:
- Sexual Contact ( anal, vaginal, oral )
- Sharing contaminated needles and syringes
- Mother to Infant (during pregnancy, birth, or through breast- feeding )
You CANNOT contract HIV from casual contact. HIV is not found in tears, sweat, snot, feces and urine.
You don't have to fear catching HIV through day-to- day activities with people who are HIV+. You are free to share plates, cups, utensils, food, toilets, towels, linens and other household items without risk of transmission.
There has never been a case of accidental transmission in a normal household setting.
HIV cannot be spread by shaking hands, hugging, & kissing infected individuals.
Listen to the Experts:
“ You can ’t get the virus by touching, shaking hands, hugging, swimming in a public pool, giving blood, or using hottubs, public toilets, telephones, doorknobs or water fountains. ”
-American Academy of Family Physicians
“ Don’t spend time worrying about weird and obscure ways of transmitting the virus. The simple fact is that if no one shared needles and everyone wore condoms, the HIV epidemic would disappear. ”
-Joel Gallant, M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Medicine & Epidemiology in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins AIDS Service at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
“ There is clearly no basis for excluding any student from sports if they are infected. — I personally feel parents have no obligation to disclose the infectious status of their children to anyone. ”
-Dr. Steven J. Anderson, Chair of the Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Sports Medicine, and team doctor for the U.S. Olympic Diving Team.