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Get Smart About HIV
The Human Immunodeficiency Virus is universally known as HIV and was declared an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Spring of 1981. In America the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there to be roughly 1.2 million people who have HIV . It is also estimated there will be approximately 50,000 new infections each year according to the CDC. 20% of people with HIV do not know they have the disease and aren't receiving proper care and could possibly spread the virus.
According to the CDC, HIV aversion programs have thwarted over 350,000 HIV infections each year . For sexually active individuals, safe sex and regular HIV testing greatly reduces your uncertainty.
HIV deteriorates the body's immune system by inflicting damage to certain white blood cells known as T-cells (T-lymphocytes). These T-cells are an essential part of orchestrating the body's immune system. Over time, an individual's compromised immune system leaves them dangerously vulnerable to other viruses and infections and can lead to AIDS.
HIV is transmittable when HIV positive blood, semen, or vaginal secretions are spread between partners commonly during unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex. Aside from unprotected sexual intercourse, HIV can also be spread through intravenous drug use by sharing infected syringes.
There is no cure for HIV. However, being HIV positive is not a death sentence. The efficacy of HIV treatments has come a long way helping patients live healthy lifestyles with the virus. Early detection through HIV testing is key to treatment and can ensure a patient's quality of life can be maintained for as long as possible.
San Antonio HIV & STD Statistics
STDs and HIV continue to be a problem in the United States and in San Antonio. Here are a few national, Texas and Bexar County statistics about HIV and STDs:
People Living with HIV
People Living with AIDS
All Syphilis Infections
More STD Statistical Resources
Texas Department of State Health Services
* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, HIV Incidence and Case Surveillance Branch