What is HIV?

The Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV), targets a person’s immune system. HIV hinders the body’s ability to fight off infections, and if left untreated, HIV can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). An AIDS diagnosis means the body’s immune system is severely damaged. Although there is no cure, there are medications one can take to manage it.

What do you experience?

Symptoms include fever & chills, rash, sore throat or swollen lymph nodes, and muscle aches. Being that these symptoms are very common the best way to know your status is to get tested!

How is it transmitted?

Blood, sexual fluids (anal, semen & vaginal secretions/mucus), and breast milk. HIV cannot be transmitted through saliva including kissing and sharing straws.

What is undetectable = untransmittable?

Undetectable is when a person living with HIV has a viral load (measurement of virus in blood) below the detectable amount– so low that it almost doesn’t show in blood tests! Once a person reaches an undetectable status, this means that they are no longer able to transmit HIV to any of their partners. To reach this status, a person must be in care and talking to their provider to ensure they can reach an undetectable status.

How do I know?

Get tested! The rapid HIV test is a simple and quick poke that will reveal results in 1 minute. AARC provides free HIV testing –in clinic or at home test kits– so you always have an opportunity to know your status.

I got tested, now what?
Tested Positive

An HIV diagnoses can be difficult news, but you’re not alone. AARC can guide you through the process and get you connected to medical care.

How Can We Support You

Tested Negative

Keep practicing regular STI/HIV screenings to keep yourself safe. Consider a PrEP prescription to prevent the risk of getting HIV.

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How can I get a HIV home test kit?

HIV home test kits are quick and user friendly. They are equipped with step-by-step detailed simple instructions but if further assistance is needed, you can always reach out to us. You can order one here http://q-r.to/bapAfz or call/text (210) 538-2958 to reserve yours today.

What is PreP?

PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis and is for people who do not have HIV but are at risk. A daily pill or an injectable, PrEP, being 99% effective, protects you from HIV transmission. If interested in PrEP, get in contact with our PrEP navigator by text or calling (210) 625-7216.

What is PEP?

PEP stands for Post-Exposure Prophylaxis and is HIV prevention medication for HIV negative individuals who have a recent HIV exposure. PEP must be taken within 78 hours of exposure, but the sooner the better. If prescribed PEP, you’ll need to take it daily for 28 days. For emergency PEP contact 210-625-7216 or 210-688-5792

Is there a cure for HIV?

Currently, there is no cure for HIV. However, HIV is manageable with HIV medication. With HIV treatment we can stop the transmission of HIV and end AIDS.

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