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In the past 40 years, nearly everything about HIV has changed for the better.

Nearly everything about HIV has changed for the better. Improvements in prevention, testing and treatment—plus a plan to make all three more accessible—mean the end of the epidemic is within reach.

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What is HIV?

Human Immunodeficiency Virus is an infection that attacks the immune system, making it more difficult for the body to fight off diseases. If left untreated, it can progress to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS.

Many people assume the worst when they think about HIV. But modern treatment methods have enabled people with HIV to live healthy, fulfilling lives. While there is no permanent cure, it’s a medical condition that can be effectively managed.

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Who Can Get HIV?

Many people mistakenly believe that HIV only affects men who have sex with men. But anybody who is sexually active—even in a monogamous relationship—is at some risk for HIV.

And if you inject drugs, steroids, or hormones, you’re at risk even if you’re not sexually active.

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How is HIV Transmitted?

HIV spreads when certain bodily fluids from an HIV-positive person enter the bloodstream of somebody without the virus. But there are a lot of misconceptions about how that happens.

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You CAN get HIV from:

  • Vaginal or anal sex, even without ejaculation
  • Sharing syringes or injection equipment
  • Exposure to blood with open wounds or sores
  • Oral sex, in very rare cases
  • Breast milk, in very rare cases
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You CAN’T get HIV from:

  • Sneezing or coughing
  • Hugging, kissing, or shaking hands
  • Sharing gym equipment or a restroom
  • Sharing a pool or hot tub
  • Pets or bug bites
  • Saliva (sharing food, drinks, cups. or utensils)
U=U: Undetectable = Untransmittable

Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) is an incredible scientific advancement that will help end the HIV epidemic. People living with HIV who take their medication as prescribed can effectively eliminate the risk of passing it to their partners.

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From PrEP to safer sex, learn about all the ways you can prevent HIV.

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HIV testing is fast, easy, and totally confidential. Here’s what to know and where to go.

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For people living with HIV, the future has never been brighter.

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Find educational, community, and supportive services.

Ending HIV in Utah is more than a nice idea.
There’s a real plan to make it happen.