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Is Your HIV Viral Load Normal?

An expert HIV doctor explains viral load testing, what "undetectable" and "unquantifiable" really mean, and how to make sense of your latest numbers.

New HIV Diagnoses Among Youth by Transmission Category and Sex in the US and Dependent Areas, 2017

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.

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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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Do I Have HIV?

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What Are the Symptoms of HIV and AIDS?

Learn about the symptoms (or lack of them) of HIV infection, those of other viruses or anxiety, and those of advanced HIV (also known as AIDS). But remember, only an HIV test can tell you for sure if you have HIV.

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Basic Questions and Answers About HIV Transmission

Myths persist about how HIV is transmitted. This section provides the facts about HIV risk from different types of sex, injection drug use, and other activities.

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What Are the Chances of Getting HIV From Protected Sex?

The chance of HIV being passed on even though a condom was used is really quite tiny, even if it isn't totally impossible. It's probably unrealistic to expect any method of prevention to give 100% protection or to work perfectly every time.

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How Long Does the HIV Virus Live on a Razor Blade?

Once exposed to air, any blood left behind on a razor blade dries out. This breaks down the environment that HIV may have been contained in. The traces of blood that might be left behind on a blade are small, accelerating the drying process.

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What Are the Symptoms of HIV After Three Months?

Most people who contract HIV have no symptoms at all three months after infection.

Some people do briefly experience some symptoms in the first few weeks after infection, but these are rarely present at the three-month stage. Indeed, for people who ...

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What Are the Odds of Getting HIV From a One-Night Stand?

As it stands, it's hard to give a sensible answer to that question. We don't know anything about the things which would make acquiring HIV more or less likely, like the sexual activities that were involved, but we do know that it was a "one night sta...