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December is HIV Prevention Month

Knowing Your HIV Status and It's Importance


HIV stands for “Human Immunodeficiency Virus.” It’s a virus that can only infect humans and leads to the weakening of the immune system. The immune system is the body’s system for fighting disease. When it’s compromised or weakened, a person becomes vulnerable to all kinds of bacteria, viruses, or other agents that cause disease.

 


Ways To Contact HIV



  • Sharing needles or syringes for shooting drugs, piercings, tattoos, etc.

  • Getting stuck with a needle that has HIB-infected blood on it.

  • Getting HIV- infected blood, semen (cum), or vaginal fluids into open cuts or sores on the skin.





Myths


There are many myths about the way that HIV spread. HIV is not transmitted through saliva (spit) or sweat. HIV is also not spread through hugging, holding hands, cough, or sneezing. And you can’t get HIV from a toilet seat. If you don’t know if you’ve been exposed to HIV, the best way to feel confident in your status is by getting an HIV test.


Visit HIV Care to learn more...


 

HIV Self-Testing Kit

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 18% of the 1.15 million persons living with HIV in the United States (U.S.) are unaware of their infection.


HIV testing in the privacy of one’s home has long been proposed as a way of expanding the number of people tested, by addressing issues of access, stigma, and confidentiality that may keep at-risk individuals from testing through conventional venues.


TEECH understand the importance of health and that is why we agreed to work with allicancecare360 and the Center for Disease Control on providing HIV Self-Test to those in active addition, recovery, family, friends, and the community. In addition, many people have not heard of these tests, nor do they know where to obtain one from. Therefore, we at TEECH are making them available and we will ship or bring them out personally. We offer the test and services to individuals as well as organizations.


To obtain kits and training please contact Robert Bufford at (773) 520-9202

or Dr. White (224) 406-3798.

Those who engage in the HIV Self-Test Initiative will receive a $25.00 gift card.





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