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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

HIV facts

One of the blogs I read is written by a mother who has two children who are HIV+. Here are some facts about HIV:

- HIV can NOT be spread through causal/household contact. HIV is not spread through hugging, kissing, shaking hands, sharing toys, sneezing, coughing, sharing food, sharing drinks, bathing, swimming or any other causal way. It has been proven that HIV and AIDS can only be spread through sexual contact, birth, breastfeeding and blood to blood contact (such as sharing needles).
- HIV is now considered a chronic but manageable disease. With treatment, people who are HIV+ can live indefinitely without developing AIDS and can live long and full lives.

- People who are HIV+ deserve to be treated with love, respect, support and acceptance as all people do.

If anyone wants more info on transmission, there is great info on the Center for Disease Control website at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/resources/factsheets/transmission.htm

2 comments:

grimeyrunner said...

are you willing to share the blog address of the mother with HIV+ kids.
I'd like to check it out.
Thanks,
Pete

Diane said...

http://fullhousehandshearts.typepad.com/

It's a public blog. The mother is a coordinator for HIV adoptions through a national agency.