HIV- stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus
HIV is a virus that can only infect human beings and reproduce itself by taking over other cells in the body. It weakens the immune system which is a very important system of the human body. This system is what fights diseases and infections in our body. HIV over time could progress to aids if you do not have proper treatment called (ART).
HIV/Aids can be contracted by another person infected with it. It is usually contracted by body fluids such as blood and other sexually transmitted fluids. HIV can be spread by sharing needles.
Common Myths of how Aids is spread are:
- Air or water
- Insects, including mosquitoes or ticks
- Saliva, tears, or sweat
- Casual contact, like shaking hands, hugging or sharing dishes/drinking glasses
- Drinking fountains
- Toilet seats
HIV symptoms can include the following:
- Fever, Swollen glands, Sore throat, Rashes, Fatigue, Muscle and joint pains, and Headaches
1 in 7 people living with HIV are unaware of their infection.
About 1 in 4 HIV infections are among youth ages 13-24 years old.
More than 1.2 million people are living with HIV infection in the United States.
We as Catholics should treat people with AIDS the same way we treat others because God tells us to "Love our neighbors as ourselves."
"Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body."
1 Corinthians 6:18