February 07, 2023 / Molina Healthcare
February 7 is Black HIV and AIDS Awareness Day. A day set aside to recognize the impact that human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has on Black and African Americans. African Americans have a harder time getting HIV testing, prevention and care. Issues such as racism, discrimination and poverty may affect whether Black people seek or receive help.
HIV is a sexually transmitted disease that targets the immune system. If HIV is not treated right away, it can turn into acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
The virus spreads in different ways, including:
Although there isn’t a cure for HIV at this time, there is effective treatment that can help you live a long and healthy life. The treatment for HIV is antiretroviral therapy (ART). ART requires you to take different types of prescription medicine. ART reduces a person’s viral load to an undetectable level. At that point, they cannot transmit the virus to their partner.
There are ways to protect yourself against HIV, including:
The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested. Talk to your doctor to get tested for HIV.