What's your chance of getting AIDS tonight? AIDS is real. Protect yourself
"Right now in Michigan over 1100 people are reported to have AIDS. And it's predicted that by 1991 there will be over 4500 cases. AIDS will affect you or someone you love. Even though it can't be cured, AIDS can be prevented. By knowledge. By information. By the facts, and by behavior change.AIDS stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome, which is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus or HIV. This virus weakens the body's immune system, making it incapable of fighting off disease. AIDS can affect anyone: Men or women. Gays or straights, blacks, whites, Hispanics. Adults or newborns. However, you can only get AIDS by direct contact with infected human fluids--chiefly blood or semen. That means intravenous drug users who share unsterilized needles are extremely vulnerable. A trace of AIDS-infected blood on a needle or inside the syringe can pass the virus directly into the bloodstream. Also, people with multiple male and female sex partners, men who have sex with prostitutes, and men who have sexual contact with other men are at high risk for AIDS. (And should always use a condom when having sex. A spermicide containing nonoxynol-9 may add extra protection.)Conversely, if you have no sexual contact or are in a completely monogamous longterm relationship, you are at no or very low risk for AIDS. But because symptoms of AIDS can take years after infection to appear, abstinence or fidelity is no protection unless it has lasted eight years.What are your children's chances?Because doctors are so far from finding a vaccine, the risk of infection is likely to increase before it decreases. So your children will grow up in a society increasingly affected by AIDS. The only way to protect them is through education. When they're old enough for the facts of life, they're old enough for the facts of AIDS. Teach them that abstinence from sex is their best protection; but also tell them to use condoms if they do have sex. Teach them that experimenting with drugs can not only ruin their lives, it can kill them. Besides teaching your children caution, also teach them compassion for people with AIDS.What are your chances for help?See a doctor or your health department for counseling and testing. Or call the Michigan AIDS HOT-LINE at 1-800-872-AIDS.The call is free and absolutely confidential. The information you'll get is your best defense. Because the more you learn about AIDS, the more you reduce your chance of getting AIDS. Tonight. Tomorrow. Or ever.The myths1. You can get AIDS from mosquitoes.2. You can get AIDS from donating blood.3. You can get AIDS from a toilet seat or swimming pool.4. You can get AIDS from saliva.5. You can get AIDS from someone at work or at school.6. Nothing is being done about AIDS by the government.The truth1. There are no known cases of AIDS caused by mosquito bites. If mosquitoes could transmit AIDS, more children and older adults would have AIDS.2. Since all blood donations are now screened for the AIDS virus, the possibility of transmission through transfusion or the use of donated blood products have been greatly reduced. Actually donating blood poses no risk for acquiring the AIDS virus since sterile equipment and procedures are always used.3. The AIDS virus is passed through direct contact with fresh semen or blood. The chlorine in most pools would kill the virus, as would exposure to air.4. Although traces of the AIDS virus have been found in saliva, there are no known cases of AIDS caused by kissing, spitting, or biting.5. If you have sexual contact or contact with the person's blood, yes. Otherwise AIDS is very difficult to pass on.6. All local health departments in Michigan now offer free counseling and testing services for persons at risk. The health care profession is being educated. All public schools are now required to teach AIDS education."
Photograph of condom packages and a syringe. Text describes how HIV/AIDS is transmitted, who is at risk, how it is prevented and diagnosed, and where to get information.
AIDS Education Collection
AIDS (Disease) in childrenAIDS (Disease)--TransmissionCondomsDrug abuseHIV infectionsHypodermic syringes
Michigan. Department of Public Health. AIDS Prevention Program
Lansing, Michigan, USA
28.0cm x 21.5cm
University of Rochester, River Campus Libraries, Department of Rare Books, Special Collections & Preservation
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