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World AIDS Day

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10 Things You Ought to Know about HIV/AIDS

1. HIV leads to AIDS in all but a few cases.

2. HIV and AIDS are most commonly transmitted through sexual contact with an infected partner.

3. Condoms and other "barrier method" birth control do not guarantee protection against AIDS.

4. You can get AIDS through oral, anal and procreative intercourse or through sexual contact of any kind where there are open wounds or sores.

5. Abstinence is the only 100% perfect way to protect yourself from sexually transmitted AIDS/HIV.

6. AIDS/HIV is not a gay disease or a punishment from God against immoral behavior.

7. AIDS/HIV can also be transmitted through injection drug use, blood transfusions, and from mother to fetus.

8. The HIV virus itself is not a very strong virus - it is not air born and has a very short life outside of human fluids.

9. AIDS/HIV has been found in human saliva but there is no medical evidence to date supporting claims that it can be passed on through infected saliva.

10. AIDS/HIV does not care about the color of your skin, your religious beliefs, your sexuality, your age or your socio-economic standing - it is an equal opportunity deadly virus!

Check out the CDC's Role in the Global Prevention of HIV/AIDS

Political Things You Ought to Know about HIV/AIDS.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is holding up renewal of the primary federal law that battles HIV/AIDS, the 1990 Ryan White Act, causing a rift among activists on the subject and threatening approval of the legislation this year.
A Republican's support for HIV/AIDS

For FY 2006, The Bush Administration's budget request to Congress included an estimated US$21.i BILLION allocation for domestic and global HIV/AIDS activities. This represents a 7% increase over FY 2005 AIDS/HIV funding of US$19.7 Billion.

President's Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 federal budget request includes an estimated US$22.8 BILLION for domestic and global AIDS/HIV activites. This represents an 8.3% increase over FY 2006 funding for HIV/AIDS activities.

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