|You are at risk if…||
|Spread:||Spread via blood, sexual fluids through oral, anal (extremely risky) and vaginal sex
IV drug use
|Signs:||May have no symptoms in the beginning
Flu-like symptoms (most doctors and patients dismiss it as common cold/flu)
Easy bruising, weakness
|Your future risks:||-AIDS (average time for HIV infection to progress to AIDS is 8-11 years with medication)
-Increase risk of contracting other STIs
-Increase risk of cancer
|Now what?!||No cure and a lifelong illness
Combination of anti-retroviral drugs to help immune system
See you doctor and get tested. You should get checked after each new sexual partner. Talk to your partner about past sexual history and exposure.
|Prevention:||Avoid sexual activity if you are single. Be faithful to one uninfected partner for the rest of your life.|
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