HIV/AIDS: Causes, Prevention, and Treatment

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Learning About and Living With HIV/AIDS

Since the world first became acquainted with AIDS more than 20 years ago, the research and literature available about the subject has grown in leaps and bounds. Just try typing “AIDS” into any search engine and you’ll be bombarded with thousands upon thousands of hits. By asking more specific questions about the subject, you can start using the Web to learn how to successfully live with the disease, talk to someone about HIV/AIDS, or get involved in activism organizations.

HIV/AIDS: Causes, Prevention, and Treatment

If you or a friend or family member has recently been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, you probably have several questions that need answers. Living with HIV/AIDS can be a life-altering event, but with the right knowledge to work with, it is possible to feel more comfortable with the new world you’re facing. If you simply haven’t heard much about HIV or AIDS and want to learn more, check out the Web sites recommended in this section for a good overview.

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  • Understanding the terminology associated with HIV/AIDS is essential to making your research easier. HIV is the acronym for “Human Immunodeficiency Virus.” HIV may eventually develop into AIDS, which stands for “Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.”
  • HIV testing can be completed in a variety of ways. Some Web sites offer the chance to find a testing center near you that conducts tests in the method you prefer.
  • There are myriad drugs and treatments available for HIV. Pharmaceutical companies’ Web sites can be very helpful in understanding what certain drugs do to treat the effects of HIV and AIDS, and often provide a list of potentially harmful interactions you should know about. But remember, these sites are also interested in promoting their products, so be sure to talk to your doctor to find out what treatment is best for you.
  • The major health-oriented Web sites have sections on HIV/AIDS. Visit our findingDulcinea Health Web Guide for our recommendations of such sites, and for help assessing the credibility of health sites.
  • Because one of the most common ways HIV is spread is through sexual activity, many HIV prevention efforts focus on safer sex practices. Be aware that some content you encounter may be very explicit in this regard.

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