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H-I-V can be treated. You can live with it. Just look at Magic Johnson. But first -you have to know you have it.

H-I-V compromises the body's ability to fight infection, as well as some cancers. The virus passes from person to person through contact with infected blood or other bodily fluids.

More than 1.2 million people in the United States are infected with H-I-V. 20 to 25% of them don’t know it.
Testing is vital.

New guidelines from the US Preventive Services Task Force, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, recommend routine H-I-V screening for all Americans 15 to 65, including pregnant women. Risk Factors for H-I V include:
- having unprotected sex of any kind
- IV drug use
-Exchanging sex for money or drugs
- having an H-I-V positive partner
- a history of sexually transmitted infection
-and having had a blood transfusion between 1978 and 1985--before the blood supply was screened.

Quick H-I-V tests of saliva and blood take 5 to 40 minutes. But any positive result should be confirmed with a more conventional blood test.

Know your H-I-V status. If you’re infected, get treatment – and make sure you don’t infect others.