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LIVING WITH HIV HAS CHANGED
Before the development of HIV treatments, HIV could lead to AIDS in just a few years—shortening the lives of everyone with the virus. But with early diagnosis and treatment, people with HIV are now living nearly as long as those without HIV.
The way people live with HIV has changed, too. There are lots of places to find support. There’s so much information available. And there are more treatment options available than ever.
WHAT IS HIV?
Some people still think of AIDS when they hear
But HIV and AIDS are different.
HIV is the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. This means the virus makes your immune system “deficient“—not strong enough to fight viruses or infections.
AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. AIDS can lead to serious infections that you “acquire” or get.
HIV doesn’t always lead to AIDS. Treatment can keep HIV under control.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
About 1 million adults were estimated to be living with HIV in the U.S. by the end of 2016.
1 in 7 of these adults
There were almost 39,000 people with new HIV diagnoses in 2017.
Less than 40% of Americans have had an HIV test.
HIV & Your Body
COMMON LAB TESTS
Along with getting tested for HIV, your healthcare provider may suggest a number of other common tests to help create a plan for your overall health.
COMPLETE BLOOD COUNT
Can reveal blood disorders such as anemia (low red blood cell count) or low platelet count and some infections
BLOOD CHEMISTRY PANEL
Helps see how well some organs, such as your liver or kidneys, are working
Can detect diabetes, urinary tract infections, and other conditions
FASTING BLOOD GLUCOSE
To diagnose or monitor diabetes
Measures cholesterol and other risks for heart disease
HEPATITIS A, B & C
Tests for hepatitis, which can affect your liver and complicate HIV treatment
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can make your HIV get worse faster if they’re not treated
Find HIV resources in your area.