HIV is a virus that weakens the immune system in its host and causes AIDS — Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. HIV (or Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is transmitted through sexual contact, infected blood or from a mother to child through pregnancy or breast-feeding.  While the early cases of AIDS in the 1980s were mostly white gay men, the face of the epidemic has changed. AIDS has become a Black disease, mostly impacting gay and bisexual men and women but also heterosexual man as well. There is no cure for HIV/AIDS, however there are medications that drastically increase life expectancy of those infected.

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106 & Park World AIDS Day Digital Quilt

Upload your photos in honor of your loved ones who have been affected by the HIV/AIDS virus and become a part of our digital quilt that will be revealed on World AIDS Day (12/1/12).

June 27 Is National HIV Testing Day

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. Read more about why we all need to get swabbed.

Commentary: Stop Locking Up Black Men for HIV

Michael Johnson has been charged with recklessly infecting someone with HIV.

Understanding the Female Face of the HIV Epidemic

New amFAR brief addresses how women are impacted by the virus.

The 411 on Young People and HIV/AIDS

Important facts about HIV and the under 30 crowd.

Indiana Begins Needle Exchange in County With HIV Outbreak

HIV rates are way up among IV drug users in the Hoosier state.
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