HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. It is only passed from person to person through blood or sexual fluids. However, HIV is preventable and treatable. Therefore, it is important to know the facts, know your risks and know your HIV status to protect yourself and those you love.
From 2012 to 2016, HIV diagnoses:
HIV is a virus that attacks the body's immune system
It is usually spread by anal or vaginal sex or sharing needles with a person who is living with HIV. The only way to know you have HIV is to be tested. Everyone aged 13-64 should be tested at least once, and people at high risk should be tested at least once a year. Ask your doctor, or visit gettested.cdc.gov to find a testing site. Without treatment, HIV can make a person very sick or may even cause death. If you are living with HIV, start treatment as soon as possible to stay healthy and help protect your partners.