An infection transmitted through sexual contact, caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites.
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system, damages the immune system and interferes with the body’s ability to fight infection and disease. HIV can be spread through contact with infected blood, semen, or vaginal fluids. If HIV is not treated, it can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). There’s no cure for HIV/AIDS, but medications can control the infection and prevent disease progression.
People taking HIV medications may not have other symptoms for years.
As the virus multiplies and destroys immune cells, symptoms can develop such as fever, fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes. Untreated, HIV typically turns into AIDS in about 8 to 10 years.
At BLISS Health we offer prevention & treatment for HIV. Call us at 407-972-0924 for more information or make an appointment online on this page.