Quick facts about AIDS

Find out about HIV and how to prevent it

The following UNAIDS materials will give you basic information about HIV, how to prevent its transmission and about HIV tests as well as HIV counselling and treatment. 

Fast facts about HIV

What is HIV? What is AIDS? What are the symptoms of HIV? When does a person have AIDS? How quickly do people infected with HIV develop AIDS?

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Fast facts about HIV prevention

How is HIV transmitted? Can I get HIV from casual contact? How can you limit your risk of getting HIV through sex? How effective are condoms in preventing HIV? What is a female condom? Is it ever completely safe to have sex with a HIV-positive person?  How can health-care workers help to prevent transmission in health-care settings?

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Fast facts about HIV testing and counselling

What is a HIV test? How long after possible exposure should I wait to be tested for HIV? Why should I get a HIV test? Where can I get tested? Are my test results confidential? What do I do if I have HIV? What does it mean if I test negative for HIV?

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Fast facts about HIV treatment

What are antiretroviral drugs? How does HIV treatment – antiretroviral (ARV) therapy – work in someone who is HIV positive? What is the difference between “first”, “second” and “third line” antiretroviral drugs? What other kinds of care do people living with HIV need? What is “PEP”? When you are on antiretroviral therapy, can you transmit the virus to others? Why is treatment adherence important? What are the side-effects of HIV treatment?

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Publications

28 Jul, 2016
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Gender Equality and Key Populations Results, Gaps and Lessons From the Implementation of Strategies and Action Plans

The Gender Equality Strategy (2008) and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities (SOGI) Strategy (2009) were the first formal, strategic commitments by the Board of the Global Fund to addressing these areas within the institution’s policies and investments.This Rapid Review focuses on the current frameworks for implementing the strategies - the Gender Equality Action Plan 2014-2016 and the Key Populations Action Plan 2014-2017. The review was conducted in January – March 2016 by an independent consultant, informed by over 45 key stakeholder interviews and 70 resources.

22 Jul, 2016
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HPV, HIV AND CERVICAL CANCER: LEVERAGING SYNERGIES TO SAVE WOMEN’S LIVES

This report presents recent scientific evidence about the links between HIV, HPV and cervical cancer, and it supplies relevant epidemiological, screening, vaccination and innovation data. Ultimately, its goal is to (a) promote synergies between HIV and cervical cancer prevention programmes, (b) make the case for integrating cervical cancer prevention into existing HIV treatment and prevention programmes, (c) explain the opportunities for women’s health that exist in coordinating HIV and cervical cancer prevention, and (d) advance prevention and treatment literacy among affected populations.

20 Jul, 2016
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Together for Girls’ (TfG) 2015-2016 stakeholder report “Breaking the Cycle of Violence”

Together for Girls’ (TfG) 2015-2016 stakeholderreport “Breaking the Cycle of Violence” is now available. The report includes findings from the 2015 Violence Against Children Surveys in Malawi, Nigeria and Zambia. It also highlights the partnership’s global advocacy accomplishments and country partners’ progress in responding to violence, including programs in Malawi and Cambodia that are working to change social norms and educate youth on skills that can be protective against violence.