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Office of Public Health Nursing recognizes World Aids Day, December 1, 2016
Release Date: November 28, 2016

World AIDS Day is observed each year on December 1 and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV.

Sussex County Office of Public Health Nursing recognizes World Aids Day, December 1, 2016

World AIDS Day arrow icon is observed each year on December 1 and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and remember those who have died. Started in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.

AIDS is life threatening, but if HIV is caught early and is treated, it will not lead to AIDS. If HIV is caught late, it can lead to more complications and could ultimately lead to AIDS. That is why it is so important to get tested early if you have been at risk of HIV, as it will mean that you can access treatment that will prevent you ever getting AIDS.

*** World AIDS Day Observance at Sussex County Community College ***

HIV

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus which attacks the immune system—the body's defense against diseases.

HIV stays in the body for life, but treatment can keep the virus under control and the immune system healthy. Without medication people with HIV can develop AIDS.

AIDS

AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is the most advanced stage of an HIV infection, when the immune systems can no longer fight infections.

Someone with AIDS has both HIV and at least one of a specific list of 'AIDS-defining' diseases, which include tuberculosis, pneumonia and some types of cancer.

AIDS is life threatening, but if HIV is caught early and is treated, it will not lead to AIDS. If HIV is caught late, it can lead to more complications and could ultimately lead to AIDS. That is why it is so important to get tested early if you have been at risk of HIV, as it will mean that you can access treatment that will prevent you ever getting AIDS.

Fast Facts:

  • More than 1.2 million people in the US are living with HIV, and 1 in 8 of them doesn't know it.
  • Over the last decade, the annual number of new HIV diagnoses declined 19%.
  • Gay and bisexual men, particularly young African American gay and bisexual men, are most affected.

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