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Learn About HIV
The Human Immunodeficiency Virus is universally known as HIV and was declared an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Spring of 1981. With just under 55,000 new HIV infections per year, the CDC projects that there will be more than 1.1 million individuals living with HIV in the United States. 20% of people with HIV do not know they have the disease and aren't receiving correct care and could possibly spread HIV .
Every nine and a half minutes someone in America gets infected with HIV according to the CDC . Practicing safe sex and periodic HIV & STD screening greatly lessens your risk of infection.
HIV weakens the body's immune system by doing harm to certain white blood cells known as T-cells (T-lymphocytes). The T-cells attack cells infected with viruses, foreign cells or cancerous cells and if they are hurt by HIV then they are ineffective at their job. Over time, an individual's compromised immune system leaves them extremely vulnerable to other viruses and infections and can lead to AIDS.
Primarily, HIV can be transmitted during several types of unprotected intercourse -vaginal, anal or oral- through HIV positive semen, blood or vaginal secretions. Sharing infected syringes is another source of HIV transmission.
There is no cure for HIV. However, being HIV positive is no longer a death sentence. There have been great strides in the efficacy of HIV medications. Living a long and healthy life while HIV positive is attainable with consistent treatment. If you're having sex you should get tested. Early detection is critical to slowing the progression of HIV through treatment.
Stockton HIV & STD Statistics
STDs and HIV are still an epidemic in the United States and in Stockton. Here are a few national, California and San Joaquin County stats and facts about HIV and STDs:
People Living with HIV
People Living with AIDS
|San Joaquin County||986|
|San Joaquin County||3,478|
|San Joaquin County||561|
All Syphilis Infections
|San Joaquin County||63|
More STD Statistical Resources
California Department of Health Care Services
* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, HIV Incidence and Case Surveillance Branch