A new study suggests that many Florida men are still having unprotected sex despite telling their partners they're HIV positive. They determined that men who told partners they were HIV positive were three times more likely to have sex without a condom. The program is a partnership with the U. The researchers looked at data from Florida from the years to , the most current data available. In particular, they were looking for men who were sexually active in the year previous to responding to the survey, had two or more sexual partners, and had not been newly diagnosed within the past year of answering the survey.
The human immunodeficiency virus HIV infects cells of the immune system, destroying or impairing their function. Infection with the virus results in progressive deterioration of the immune system, leading to "immune deficiency. Infections associated with severe immunodeficiency are known as "opportunistic infections", because they take advantage of a weakened immune system. It is defined by the occurrence of any of more than 20 opportunistic infections or HIV-related cancers.
HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. HIV is a retrovirus that infects cells of the human immune system mainly CD4-positive T-cells and macrophages—key components of the cellular immune system and destroys or impairs their function. Infection with this virus results in the progressive depletion of the immune system, leading to immunodeficiency. The immune system is considered deficient when it can no longer fulfil its role of fighting off infection and diseases.
You can also use other HIV prevention methods, below. If you are living with HIV , the most important thing you can do to prevent transmission and stay healthy is to take your HIV medication known as antiretroviral therapy or ART , every day, exactly as prescribed. There also are other options to choose from, below. The more of these actions you take, the safer you can be.