Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the cells your body uses to fight infection. If HIV is left untreated, it can lead to the disease AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).
HIV is spread through contact with certain bodily fluids from a person who is infected, most commonly through sex or by sharing needles used for intravenous drug use.
There is no cure for HIV, but there are medicines that can help people with HIV live long, healthy lives and prevent them from giving HIV to their sexual partners. There are also effective prevention methods that can keep you from getting HIV through sex or drug use.
The only way to know if you have HIV is to be tested. Testing is a simple process. If you need help, visit our Angelina County Connects location at 503 Hill Street, Lufkin or call (936) 633-1442.