HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). HIV infection eventually develops into AIDS, though it can be years before symptoms appear. HIV weakens the immune system, putting a person at greater risk for opportunistic infections which can become severe.
HIV is chiefly spread by sexual contact and blood-to-blood transmission such as sharing needles, syringes, rinse water, or other equipment used to prepare illicit drugs for injection.
Nationally, HIV is spreading fastest among young people, gay and bisexual men, African Americans, and Latinos. In Mississippi, the burden of HIV is disproportionately high for men who have sex with men (MSM). Among men whose risk factor for HIV is known, 84 percent of men reported having male-to-male sexual contact. Young adults aged 20-29 are the leading age group for newly diagnosed cases.
For more information contact:
|STD/HIV Prevention Program||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,150,html|
|Centers for Disease Control and Prevention||http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/|
|local health department,||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/19,0,166,html|
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