UNAIDS factsheet on HIV and AIDS

| February 1, 2021

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The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has created a basic factsheet to answer common questions about HIV and AIDS.

The resource is organized by categories that readers can navigate by question. Categories include:

  • the definition and symptoms of HIV and AIDS,
  • facts about transmission and prevention,
  • testing,
  • myths, and
  • COVID-19 information for people living with HIV and AIDS.

Questions answered in the factsheet include:

  • What is HIV?
  • What is AIDS?
  • What are the symptoms of HIV?
  • When does a person have AIDS?
  • Where is HIV found?
  • How can HIV be transmitted?
  • Do mosquito bites create a risk of infection with HIV?
  • Can I get HIV from casual contact?
  • How should people living with HIV protect themselves from the virus that causes COVID-19?
  • Does UNAIDS have any specific recommendations for people living with HIV during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The resource includes informational videos and links to further reading. It is available in English, French, Russian, and Spanish.

To access the resource, visit: https://www.unaids.org/en/frequently-asked-questions-about-hiv-and-aids