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2: the number of Americans, ages 13-24, infected every hour with HIV
3 out of 10: number of UF students who know their HIV Status
Some Facts about HIV...
You cannot tell by looking at someone if they are infected with HIV.
If you’re sexually active, your best bet is for you and your partner(s) to get tested.
(Source: Centers for Disease Control)
1 in 4 new HIV/AIDS cases are in people under the age of 22.
Centers for Disease Control
HIV is primarily spread by sexual contact, but can also be spread by sharing needles during IV drug use, tattooing, and body piercing.
HIV can be found and transmitted by any of the following fluids: blood, semen, vaginal secretions, and breast milk. It’s important to refrain from any activity that allows the exchange of any of these fluids. Barrier methods such as condoms, female condoms, and dentals dams should be used during sexual activity.
Maintaining an HIV Status Means:
Agreeing to get tested with your partner(s) or friend(s)
Openly communicating with your partner about your status and theirs
Remaining faithful in a relationship with an uninfected equally faithful partner
Using condoms correctly everytime you have sex
Here are some strategies to keep yourself safe...
Free confidential HIV testing is available at GatorWell
by appointment only. Call GatorWell at 352-273-4450 to schedule. HIV and other STI testing is available at SHCC. Please call 392-1161 for more details
Discussing HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (or any sexual issue for that matter) can be extremely difficult. But talking about this issue ahead of time is crucial. It's part of learning more about your partner and taking care of yourself, and it's an important part of every relationship. Tips for communicating with partner(s) and/or friend(s)
Get your facts straight. Read up on HIV/AIDS and other STIs
It is crucial to talk about HIV/AIDS & STIs before having sex
Talk about HIV/AIDS in a quiet, one-on-one setting
Expect your partner to get defensive about this subject, but explain that you want to talk about HIV/AIDS as a way to protect your health as well as theirs
Do not interrogate your partner about their risks, rather discuss yours first and then ask about theirs
Consider suggesting to get tested with your partner before you have sex and frame it as a “ritual of modern dating”
Discuss this subject in person, not by phone, e-mail, text, etc.
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