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Facts About HIV That Everyone Should Know

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Who is susceptible to HIV?

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Anyone can get HIV, but the African American community and men who engage in sex with other men are among the most highly impacted from the disease. One in every four new cases of HIV occurs in young people between the ages of 13 to 24, which makes it even more important for parents and schools to teach safe sex.

What are the symptoms of HIV

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You can’t rely on anything physical to show that you have HIV, so you must get tested to know for sure. You MIGHT have these flu-like symptoms about two to four weeks after being infected: fever, chills, rashes, night sweats, muscle aches, sore throat, fatigue, mouth ulcers, and more. If you don’t catch your infection early on, it can lead to AIDS, which has much more severe effects on the body.

Is sex the only way to catch HIV?

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Even though sex is the most common way to pass on HIV, one can also get it from childbirth, breastfeeding, blood transfusions, organ transplants, and sharing needles. Even though there is a lot of paranoia behind the theory, mosquitoes CANNOT transfer HIV.