Explainer: What should I know about HIV and AIDS?

Here are some common myths and some less common facts

By Bryn Nelson, 16:51 PM July 25, 2013

According to government statistics, someone in the United States becomes infected with HIV every 9.5 minutes. Yet one out of five people with HIV does not know he or she has the virus. That means this person is now at risk of spreading it. So it’s important that everyone knows how it can be picked up, and how it can’t.


HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, can’t live long outside of people. It CAN’T be picked up simply by touching or hugging someone who is infected. It CAN be spread through u...

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