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Cases of AIDS have been reported in 85 countries. It is estimated between 5 and 10

million people around the world now carry the AIDS virus and that as many as 100

million will become infected over the next 10 years.

How can you become infected?

1. sexual intercourse

a) vaginal Having another sexually transmitted disease such as syphilis,

b) anal herpes or gonorrhea appears to make someone more

c) oral susceptible to acquiring HIV infection during sex with an

infected partner

2. blood transfusions - since November 1985 in Canada all blood and blood products are

tested for HIV antibodies

3. infection drug users by sharing needles or syringes with someone already infected

4. during pregnancy, at birth or through breast feeding, an infected mother can pall the

virus to her child

How you cannot become infected:

1. sitting next to someone

2. touching or shaking hands

3. eating in a restaurant

4. sharing food, plates, cups or utensils

5. using bathrooms, water coolers, or telephones

6. swimming in a pool or using a hot tub

7. donating blood

8. being bitten by mosquitoes or any other insects


Symptoms may not show for 10 years after you become infected by the HIV virus. A

month or two after exposure to the virus there may be flu-like symptoms that may last a

week to a month and is often mistaken for those of another viral infections.

More persistent or severe symptoms that may not surface for a decade or more:

- swollen lymph glands

- recurrent fever, including 'night sweats'

- rapid weight loss for no apparent reason

- constant fatigue

- diarrhea and diminished appetite

- white spots or unusual blemishes in the mouth


1. abstain for sex

2.have protected sex with latex condoms...