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HIV/AIDS

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HIV is the virus that causes AIDS, and both are growing health issues in our Native population.

Here are some facts:

  • CDC estimates over one million people have HIV in the United States (U.S.)
  • American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) are ranked third in the nation for the rate of new infections of HIV when compared with all other races and ethnicities
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  • HIV is mainly affecting the younger AI/AN population
  • Every nine and ½ minutes someone in the U.S. is infected with HIV
  • There is no cure or vaccine for HIV/AIDS

What can you do to make sure that you don’t get HIV?

  • Know you and your partner’s HIV status
  • Practice safer sex
    • Use condoms, every time
    • Limit your number of sexual partners
  • Get tested. You can find places to get tested by:
    • Visiting your local IHS, Tribal or Urban facility
    •  Typing your address, city, state or zip code in the widget on this page
 
Diabetes iconMore Information on HIV/AIDS:
If you want to learn more about HIV/AIDS basics, what to do if you are diagnosed with HIV, and if you are living with HIV or AIDS, check out the Resources page or visit the IHS HIV/AIDS Program toolkit.