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).

New HIV Infections in Gay Black Men May Be Leveling Off

New HIV infections in gay black men may finally be leveling off, health officials reported Sunday.

Being Mary Jane: Sexual Health Isn’t a Game

Highlights: Mary Jane does rapid HIV testing. (12/1/2015)

World AIDS Day Soundtrack

10 songs that address the epidemic head-on.

Celebrities: BET Breaks: Charlie Sheen Admits to Being HIV Positive

The award-winning actor tells all on The Today Show. (11/17/2015)

B* Real: The Defining Moment: Young, Fabulous and HIV Positive

HIV/AIDS activist shares her personal story. (11/17/2015)
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