Everything to Know About HIV Transmission and Symptoms

We talked to experts from the Valleywise Health Community Health Center – McDowell about common myths and misconceptions surrounding HIV/AIDS and how important it is to seek treatment right away.

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In This Article:

  • HIV is a virus that lives in the bloodstream and attacks white blood cells. AIDS is the name for an advanced stage of HIV, where people are at increased risks for cancers and infections.
  • HIV is most commonly transmitted through sexual activity or sharing of syringes. Only certain bodily fluids – blood, semen, rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, and breast milk – can transmit the virus.
  • People can live with HIV infection for years or decades with zero symptoms, so it’s important to take preventative measures and get tested often if you are at increased risk.

HIV/AIDS Services

Valleywise Health offers one of the most comprehensive HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention programs in the country. Learn more about HIV/AIDS Services or call  1-833-VLLYWSE to schedule an appointment.

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