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The AIDS Virus AIDS Prevention is everybodys responsibility Aids was first diagnosed in Australia in 1982 Since then it has spread at an alarming rate The virus can effect anyone Its doesnt discriminate between men and women It doesnt judge us by our colour of our skin It respects no religion it can effect every single one of us Whats the difference between HIV and AIDS AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome HIV is the virus that causes AIDS AIDS is a serious condition in which the bodys defences against some illnesses are broken down This means that people with AIDS can get many different kinds of diseases which a healthy persons body would normally fight off quite easily How long does it take for HIV to cause AIDS The length of time between being infected with HIV and being diagnosed with AIDS depends on lots of different things These days there are many drugs that can be used to help people with HIV and most doctors believe that a lot of people can be treated for a very long time Many people do not know exactly when they were infected with HIV and the length of time between this happening and them being diagnosed with AIDS can be very variable So how do you get infected HIV is passed on in the sexual fluids or blood of an infected person so if infected blood or sexual fluid gets into your body you can become infected This usually happens by either having with an infected person or by sharing needles used to inject drugs with an infected person People can also become infected by being born to a mother who has HIV and a very small number of people become infected by having medical treatment using infected blood transfusions HIV cant be caught by kissing hugging or shaking hands with an infected person and it cant be transmitted by sneezes door handles or dirty
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