Why worry?

  • HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). HIV damages the immune system leading to serious infections.
  • Reported HIV cases have begun to increase in recent years. More than a quarter of those diagnosed in 2009 were acquired heterosexually.
  • Left untreated, infection with HIV can lead to the development of AIDS, which has so far led to over 6,700 deaths in Australia.
  • HIV is spread by anal or vaginal sex without a condom, from mother to baby (during childbirth or breastfeeding) and by sharing needles. In rare cases HIV is spread through oral sex and sharps injuries.
  • HIV is not spread through kissing, sharing cups and cutlery, normal social contact, toilet seats or mosquitoes.

Always use a condom with water-based lubricant to avoid getting HIV/AIDS
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