What is HIV(quoted via WAD site):
HIV is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system – the body’s defence against diseases.
Difference between HIV & AIDS (quoted via WAD site):
When someone is described as living with HIV, they have the HIV virus in their body. A person is considered to have developed AIDS when the immune system is so weak it can no longer fight off a range of diseases with which it would normally cope.
It may seem to be just a yearly event, of wearing red ribbons and donations…
But it’s main purpose works as a reminder to all and to educate people to be safe (e.g. less or no casual sex, using protection and getting themselves tested to protect their family) and that this disease can be spread, not only through infected blood and bodily fluids through sexual acts but it can be spread through breast milk from infected mothers to their babies.
And it doesn’t spread through normal contact (e.g a hug or touch) or airborne.
Let us not shun them, as they might be someone close to us or our friends and it’s bad enough to have a disease that attacks the immune system and currently has no cure (only drugs to prolong life).