HIV and AIDS Flyer

Background research

People who are HIV positive have been tested and found to have signs of the human immunodeficiency virus in their blood. HIV destroys part of the immune system. It affects a type of white blood cell called the T lymphocyte or T cell. T cells are one type of "fighter" cell in the blood that help the body fight off all kinds of germs and diseases.

How can you contract this virus

This virus is contacted by

  1. Blood
  2. Saliva
  3. And if a Mom has it they can give it to their child
  4. sexual contact
  5. sharing needles with another person

What are the symptoms

Some develop flu-like symptoms a few days to a few weeks after being infected, but these symptoms usually go away after several days. If untreated, an HIV-positive person will  begin to feel sick. The person might begin to have swollen lymph nodes, weight loss, fevers that come and go, infections in the mouth, diarrhea, or might feel tired for no reason. Eventually, the virus can infect all of the body's organs, including the brain, making it hard for the person to think and remember things.

Timeline for HIV/AIDS

common myths about HIV/AIDS

You can get HIV by being around people who are HIV-positive.  The evidence shows that HIV is not spread through touch, tears, sweat, or saliva. You cannot catch HIV by:

  • Breathing the same air as someone who is HIV-positive
  • Touching a toilet seat or doorknob handle after an HIV-positive person
  • Drinking from a water fountain
  • Hugging, kissing, or shaking hands with someone who is HIV-positive
  • Sharing eating utensils with an HIV-positive person


  • More than 35 million people are now living with HIV and 3.2 million are under the age of 15.
  • In 2013, an estimated 2.1 million people were newly infected with HIV, 240,000 were under the age of 15.
  • Every day more than 5,700 people contract HIV—nearly 240 every hour. In 2013, 1.5 million people died from AIDS.

How we, as Catholics, should treat those who may have this virus or other types of illnesses.

We as Catholics are called to love them and care for them.  We must try and help the sick as much as possible because we have to remember that God has a plan for that person and he loves that person. We should help them and love them like we would to ourselves and any other human being.  

Galatians 5:14- For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF."

Matthew 7:12- So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the law of the prophets

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