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HIV/AIDS Basics

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What Is HIV?

Let's start with the basics: HIV is short for "human immunodeficiency virus." You can get HIV through condomless sex or by sharing needles or other equipment used to inject drugs.

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Nine Sex Myths About HIV-Positive People That Need Debunking

In reality, sex-positive education that supports both HIV-positive and HIV-negative people in living their best sex lives can help us stay healthy and joyful.

RAIN: Darlena Blackwell, Traye Gaines, Chelsea Gulden
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HIV and the Charlotte Metro Area: What You Need to Know

In North Carolina, Greater Charlotte is booming, but income disparity, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids on immigrants, and spread-out service providers all create challenges to reversing HIV rates.

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Injection Drugs Enhance a Surge of HIV Along the Ohio River

Caracole, an HIV/AIDS services provider in Cincinnati, has responded to a spike in HIV there by expanding harm reduction, housing, and pre-exposure prophylaxis.

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Q&A

My Friend Is Living With HIV. How Can I Help Them Stay Healthy?

Q: A friend of mine told me he had HIV. Is there anything I need to do, like when he comes to my home, so that he doesn't get sick?

New HIV Diagnoses Among Youth by Transmission Category and Sex in the US and Dependent Areas, 2017
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Statistics: HIV Among Youth in the U.S.

In 2017, less than 1% of youth who received an HIV diagnosis were aged 13 to 14, 21% were aged 15 to 19, and 79% were aged 20 to 24, according to the CDC.

Q&A: Ask the Experts

Low CD4 Count: What Does 136 Mean?

My CD4 is 136. Am I going to die?

Q&A: Ask the Experts

Can HIV Be Cured If It's Caught Early?

Can HIV be cured at an early stage?

Q&A: Ask the Experts

Could I Have Passed HIV to My Kid Through Saliva?

I am HIV undetectable for about one year now. Accidentally, I licked my finger and swiped a small scratch on my 4-year-old kid. Is there any chance that I have passed the HIV to him?

Q&A: Ask the Experts

46 Years Old and Concerned About the Future

How long can someone live with AIDS? Can a 46-year-old get a 45-year-old woman pregnant without getting her HIV positive?

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Non-Nucleoside Resistance and CCR5 Gene Therapies

The version of the virus I acquired had already developed resistance to non-nucleosides. With many of the gene editing therapies in the pipeline targeting the CCR5 gene, I'm wondering if my variant requires that gene to infect a cell?