Welcome to the 2019 AIDs Walk!
Please join me, whether it be a virtual walk or physically on May 4, 2019.
We will be joining other strong and caring individuals who either have or know someone who has AIDs/HIV. This is our opportunity to make a difference in our community and ensure that everyone knows that they are loved and valued.
This is our chance to stand up and be counted! I have set an initial fundraising goal of 200$! Let's try to beat this to help our community!
To walk, it cost 0$!
Join me, and let's have a great time while standing up and being counted, together!
Per the US Department of Health:
What is HIV/AIDS?
HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus, which is the virus that causes HIV infection. The abbreviation “HIV” can refer to the virus or to HIV infection.
AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. AIDS is the most advanced stage of HIV infection.
HIV attacks and destroys the infection-fighting CD4 cells of the immune system. The loss of CD4 cells makes it difficult for the body to fight infections and certain cancers. Without treatment, HIV can gradually destroy the immune system and advance to AIDS.
How is HIV spread?
HIV is spread through contact with certain body fluids from a person with HIV.
These body fluids include:
The spread of HIV from person to person is called HIV transmission. The spread of HIV from a woman with HIV to her child during pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding is called mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
In the United States, HIV is spread mainly by:
Having anal or vaginal sex with someone who has HIV without using a condom or taking medicines to prevent or treat HIV
Sharing injection drug equipment ("works"), such as needles, with someone who has HIV
To reduce your risk of HIV infection, use condoms correctly every time you have sex, limit your number of sexual partners, and never share injection drug equipment. Also talk to your health care provider about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). PrEP is an HIV prevention option for people who don’t have HIV but who are at high risk of becoming infected with HIV. PrEP involves taking a specific HIV medicine every day. For more information, read the AIDSinfo fact sheet on PrEP.
Mother-to-child transmission is the most common way that children get HIV. HIV medicines, given to women with HIV during pregnancy and childbirth and to their babies after birth, reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
You can’t get HIV by shaking hands or hugging a person who has HIV. You also can’t get HIV from contact with objects such as dishes, toilet seats, or doorknobs used by a person with HIV. HIV is not spread through the air or in water or by mosquitoes, ticks, or other blood-sucking insects.
Need more information about HIV or AIDS? Please click the link to the US Department of Health's Website listed below.
Thank you for your support and dedication! I hope to see you there!
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