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HIV/AIDS

“HIV” stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. A virus is a very small germ that can cause disease, and HIV is a virus that causes a weakening of the infected person's immune system.

“AIDS” stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.  AIDS is the final stage of HIV infection, and not everyone who has HIV advances to this stage. People at this stage of HIV disease have badly damaged immune systems, which put them at risk for opportunistic infections (OIs).

Approximately 50,000 new HIV infections occur in the United States each year. In the U.S., HIV is spread mainly by: Having sex with someone who has HIV, sharing needles and syringes with an infected person (direct blood to blood contact) and from an infected mother to her baby. It is not spread by coughs, sneezes, hugs, kisses, mosquitos, sharing cups or utencils or any other casual contact. .

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Utah Department of Health
Bureau of Epidemiology
801-538-6191
Fax: 801-538-9913
288 North 1460 West
PO Box 142104
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-2104

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