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HIV 101
Basic Information [Click on Questions for Answers]

1. What is HIV?
2. What is AIDS?
3. How does HIV causes AIDS?

Signs & Symptoms of HIV & AIDS [Click on Questions for Answers]

1. What are the first symptoms of HIV infection?
2. What is window period?
3. What happened after acute HIV infection?
4. How quickly do people infected with HIV develop AIDS?
5. What are Opportunistic Infections?
6. How long can I live if I am HIV positive?

Transmission & Prevention [Click on Questions for Answers]

1. How is HIV transmitted?
2. How HIV is NOT transmitted?
3. Who is at risk?
4. Is oral sex safe?
5. What are the chances of becoming infected with HIV if he doesn’t come inside me?
6. Is deep kissing a route of HIV transmission?
7. Can I become infected with HIV through normal social contact or activities such as shaking hands, kissing, using toilet seats and swimming pools, sharing cutlery, or exposure to sneezes and coughs?
8. How long can HIV survive outside the human body?
9. Is there a risk of HIV transmission when having a tattoo, an acupuncture, during body piercing or at the barber or hairdresser?
10. What are universal precautions?
11. Am I at risk of becoming infected with HIV when visiting the doctor or dentist?

12. If I have sex with a commercial sex worker (prostitute) will I get HIV?
13. Am I at high risk if I have sex with a member of the same sex?
14. Can I infect my unborn child if I am HIV positive?
15. Can the virus be transmitted through breast-feeding?
16. Can mosquito bite transmit HIV?
17. How to prevent HIV infection through sexual contact?
18. How to prevent HIV infection from a contaminated needle?

HIV Testing [Click on Questions for Answers]

1. What is Pre-Test Counseling?
2. What is an HIV antibody test?
3. What blood tests detect the presence of HIV?
4. Do all HIV tests involve drawing blood?
5. What are rapid HIV tests?
6. What about home test kits?
7. Why Should You Be Tested?
8. What is confidential HIV testing?
9. How do I know if I am infected?
10. If I think I have been exposed to HIV, how soon can I get tested?
11. Where can I get tested for HIV infection?
12. What if I test positive for HIV?
13. If I test HIV negative, does that mean that my partner is HIV negative also?
14. What happens if I am infected with HIV?

Seeking Medical Care
HIV-Status Disclosure [Click on Questions for Answers]

1. Who should I disclose about my HIV status?
2. Will the health inspectors visits my home and ask me questions about my status?
3. Must I tell my dentist or doctor that I’m HIV positive?
4. Will I be fired / retrenched if my boss finds out about my HIV status?
5. What should I do if I need to get a HIV test for my new job?

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