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FACTS ON AIDS Cases of AIDS have been reported in 85 countries It is estimated between 5 and 10million people around the world now carry the AIDS virus and that as many as 100million will become infected over the next 10 years How can you become infected1 sexual intercourse a vaginalHaving another sexually transmitted disease such as syphilisb analherpes or gonorrhea appears to make someone morec oralsusceptible to acquiring HIV infection during sex with an infected partner2 blood transfusions - since November 1985 in Canada all blood and blood products are tested for HIV antibodies3 infection drug users by sharing needles or syringes with someone already infected4 during pregnancy at birth or through breast feeding an infected mother can pall the virus to her childHow you cannot become infected1 sitting next to someone2 touching or shaking hands3 eating in a restaurant4 sharing food plates cups or utensils5 using bathrooms water coolers or telephones6 swimming in a pool or using a hot tub7 donating blood8 being bitten by mosquitoes or any other insectsSymptomsSymptoms may not show for 10 years after you become infected by the HIV virus Amonth or two after exposure to the virus there may be flu-like symptoms that may last aweek to a month and is often mistaken for those of another viral infectionsMore persistent or severe symptoms that may not surface for a decade or more- swollen lymph glands- recurrent fever including night sweats- rapid weight loss for no apparent reason- constant fatigue- diarrhea and diminished appetite- white spots or unusual blemishes in the mouthPrevention1 abstain for sex2have protected sex with latex condoms whenever having anal oral or vaginal sex3 limit
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