Las Vegas HIV/AIDS Testing

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HIV/AIDS facts and stats

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Based on data from the CDC, it's estimated that about 225 new cases of HIV will be reported in the Las Vegas area in 2015.

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It's estimate that roughly two thirds of HIV reports were infections in men who have sex with other men.

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It's estimated that in 2015, the number of reported cases of HIV could be up to 266% larger than the number of reported cases of syphilis, another commonly found STD in the Las Vegas and Clark areas.

225

Based on data from the CDC, it's estimated that about 225 new cases of HIV will be reported in the Las Vegas area in 2015.

2 of 3

It's estimate that roughly two thirds of HIV reports were infections in men who have sex with other men.

266%

It's estimated that in 2015, the number of reported cases of HIV could be up to 266% larger than the number of reported cases of syphilis, another commonly found STD in the Las Vegas and Clark areas.

HIV/AIDS Frequently Asked Questions

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More about AIDS & opportunistic infections

When the number of healthy CD4 cells drops below 200 cells per milliliter of blood, patients can be diagnosed with AIDS. This gives way for opportunistic infections. These infections, like tuberculosis, pneumonia, and other bacterial or fungal infections, generally do not affect individuals with healthy immune systems. At this point, the patient's immune system is so weak, that even the smallest of infections can prove deadly.

What happens when HIV turns into AIDS?

During the early stages of HIV, there may be a period where the patient does not experience any symptoms. But even though there are no visible symptoms, HIV is still attacking the cells in the body and weakening the immune system. When enough of these cells have been attacked and killed, the immune system becomes too weak to function. This is when AIDS has developed.

What are the symptoms of HIV?

Symptoms of HIV often include: fever, skin rash, sore throat, swollen lymphnodes, fatigue, muscle soreness. Since these symptoms are very general symptoms that can be confused for other common illnesses, we encourage people to test often. Testing is the only way to be completely sure you have not contracted HIV.

Will HIV always lead to AIDS?

Usually, within 8 to 10 years, HIV progresses to AIDS. However, with early detection and effective treatment, the progression to AIDS can be prevented, or at least slowed. For this reason, we recommend getting tested for HIV often, to make sure you can catch the disease and take action before it's too late.

HIV is a virus that attacks the CD4 cells in the body. CD4 cells are cells in the immune system that help the body stay healthy and fight infections. When these cells are infected with HIV, they are no longer able to do their job, and eventually die. When enough of these CD4 cells have been killed by HIV, a person's immune system is too weak to protect even against simple infections like the common cold or a paper cut. At this stage, an HIV patient is diagnosed with AIDS.

Is there a difference between HIV and AIDS?

Sometimes people confuse HIV and AIDS because they are often used interchangeably in conversation. However, HIV and AIDS are two different diseases. HIV, or Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is a viral infections that can lead to AIDS, or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. There are medications to help treat the symptoms of HIV and can even help prevent AIDS.

Transmission Questions

How is HIV spread?

HIV may transmitted two different ways: through contact with infected blood and sexual activity. Contact with infected blood can occur during needle sharing activities, accidental needle sticks, organ donations, or blood transfusions. HIV can also be spread through all forms of sexual activity, including vaginal, anal, and oral sex. HIV can also be spread from mother to child during pregnancy or childbirth.

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