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HIV / AIDS

HumanImmunodeficiencyVirus(HIV) is a virus that can be transmitted from person to person via exposure to both blood and specific body fluids. Once inside you, the virus attacks certain cells of the immune system and, over time, causes immune cell destruction to the point that your body can’t fight off certain opportunistic infections and/or cancers. Most people appear and feel healthy early in the course of HIV infection, but are quite capable of spread the virus to others who come in contact with the infected person’s blood or body fluids. Many persons with HIV infection are unaware of their status as carriers capable of spreading HIV to others. When the opportunistic infections or cancers take advantage of the weakened immune system the condition has progressed to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome(AIDS).

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) does an excellent job of providing information on HIV and AIDS related topics on their web site:

https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/index.html

Topics of relevance to HIV and AIDS that are addressed by the CDC include the following:

 

IU Campus Area Agencies Offering HIV Screening Testing

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IU Health Center 600 N. Jordan Ave call 812- 855-7688 or go online http://www.healthcenter.indiana.edu to make appointment for HIV 4th Generation screening. Results available in 30 - 40 minutes

LGBTQ 705 E 7th St Bloomington 812 855 4252 or working https://lgbtq.indiana.edu HIV Screening Thursdays 11 am to 2pm fall/spring semesters (1st and 3rd Thursdays of month during summer sessions)

 

Off Campus Agencies Offering HIV Screening Testing

Monroe County Health Department Futures Family Planning Clinic 119 W. 7th. Lower Level

812-349-7343. Call for details

Planned Parenthood 421 S. College Avenue 812-336-0219 / 800-230-7526. Call for details

Positive Link 333 E. Miller Drive 812-353-9150 HIV screening. Call for details

 

Campus Support Programs

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Indiana University Health Center 812-855-5711.

Health & Wellness Education, Indiana University Health Center 812- 855-7338 for information regarding free HIV/AIDS education to classes, IU clubs, residence halls, fraternities, sororities and individuals.

 

CDC, STD & AIDS Hotline, 1-800-232-4636, Centers for Disease Control http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/index.html

Positive Link provides support to people with HIV and AIDS. Call 812-353-9150 to volunteer or to inquire about services

Community AIDS Action Group of South Central Indiana (CAAG) Network of AIDS service providers and educators. Meets monthly. Contact Positive Link at 812-353-9150 for further information about CAAG activities in the South Central Indiana area

American Sexual Health Association http://www.ashastd.org promotes the sexual health of individuals, families and communities by advocating sound policies and practices and education

REMEMBER: EARLY DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT ARE KEYS TO MAINTAINING OPTIMAL HEALTH WITH HIV INFECTION AND TO PREVENT FURTHER SPREAD OF HIV