HIV stands for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. There were 2,463 people living with HIV in and around San Antonio in 2014. It can impact anyone, and it's exchanged through blood, precum and cum, vaginal fluids, and breast milk. Once the virus enters your body it attacks your white blood cells, which lowers your body's capability to fight off disease. We have medications to slow this process, which you can only take if you know that you’re positive.
Most people are exposed through an activity many of us are familiar with: unprotected sex. 68% of all new infections in 2014 were among men having sex with other men. We are here to help you stay informed about HIV and how to minimize your risks. PrEP, condom usage, and maintaining undetectable status can all reduce the risk of HIV transmission. See the video below for a rundown on what undetectable means, and read more here.
The second most common way to get HIV is through sharing needles. If you are an injection drug user, the best thing to do is use a new needle every time. You can also check out this site to find out the best ways to make sure your previously used needles are clean.
with HIV and AIDS.
There are over a million people in this
country with HIV who are walking, dancing, swearing, working, in
relationships and living happy lives. Receiving a positive diagnosis may be scary, but we are here to help. We have trained staff
that will assist you in getting all the help you need: making a doctor's
appointment, paying for medication, staying on your medication and accessing
other support services.
What will help you the most is taking your medication consistently and taking care of your body: eating right, exercising, sleeping enough, etc. If you do both of those things then you can have a long, healthy life. Plus, taking the medications can help keep you from infecting others, since it drastically reduces the amount of the virus in your body. The San Antonio AIDS Foundation is here for anyone living in and around Bexar County who has HIV/AIDS. Visit their website here.
CDC - As a part of its overall public health mission, the Centers for Disease Control provide leadership in helping control the HIV/AIDS epidemic by working with community, state, national and international partners in surveillance, research, and prevention and evaluation activities.
The Body - TheBody.com's mission is to use the internet to lower barriers between patients and clinicians, demystify HIV/AIDS and its treatment, improve the quality of life for all people living with HIV/AIDS and foster community through human connection.
Greater Than AIDS - The Greater Than movement responds to the AIDS crisis in the United States, in particular the severe and disproportionate epidemic among Black Americans. Through a national media campaign and community outreach, Greater Than AIDS aims to elevate the public’s knowledge and understanding of HIV/AIDS and confront the stigma surrounding the disease.
poz.com - POZ is an award-winning print and online publication for people affected by HIV/AIDS.
HIV210 - Official website of the San Antonio HIV Health Services Planning Council