HIV is a virus that damages your immune system, making it easier for you to get sick. HIV is spread through contact with semen (cum), vaginal fluids, and blood — usually during unprotected sex. HIV can affect anybody. About 1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV, and more than 41,000 new infections happen every year.
You can’t tell if you have HIV just by the way you feel, because most people who get HIV don’t have any symptoms for years. The only way to know for sure if you have HIV is to get tested.
Luckily, HIV testing is pretty easy and painless. And if you DO have HIV, it’s best to find out right away so you can take medication to help you stay healthy and lower your chances of spreading HIV to others.
There’s no cure for HIV, but there are medications that can help you stay healthy and lower the chances of spreading HIV to others. If you’re at risk for HIV, there are medications you can take to help protect you.
At Planned Parenthood, we have services to help prevent HIV, treat HIV, and support HIV positive individuals and their partners.
We offer services in:
HIV Test Education
HIV Case Management
HIV Prevention (PEP and PrEP)
- Other HIV Services