HIV/AIDS Infection: How
do you get it?
• Unprotected sexual intercourse -
• Sharing drug needles and syringes
• Sharing unsanitary piercing
• From mother to child
• Blood contact
HIV is NOT spread via…
• Blood sucking insects
The Statistics say…
• Two Americans age 13-21 years are infected
with HIV every hour of every day (Youth and
HIV/AIDS: An American Agenda Report 1996)
• 10.3 million people aged 15-24 are living with
HIV/AIDS (Fact sheet on prevention HIV/AIDS
among young people by UNAIDS 1999)
• 900,000 North Americans are currently infected
with HIV, with 40,000 new infections yearly
(Center for Disease Control and Prevention,
• Women aged 15-49 represent 43% of all new
HIV infections (The Joint United Nations
Division on AIDS)
The College Facts
• One in every 500 American college
students is infected with HIV
• The CDC estimates the rate of HIV
infection in the general American
population at one in 250
• 4 factors that put college students at
increasing risk: peer pressure, lack of
maturity, increase in alcohol/drug use,
and growing incidence of date rape
What is HIV?
• Human Immunodeficiency
Virus. HIV attacks the immune
system - the part of our body
that protects us from infections
and illnesses. It takes about 3 -
6 months for HIV to appear
What is AIDS?
• AIDS, the Acquired Immune Deficiency,
is a disease caused by HIV. Once
infected with HIV, it typically takes 10
years to develop AIDS (although in
some, this time may be shorter).
People with AIDS cannot fight common
diseases, and therefore become very ill
and die. A person can be infected with
HIV and not have AIDS.
Who can get HIV?
• ANYONE…Man, Woman, Gay,
Straight, Christian, Jew, Black,
White, Asian, Latino, Canadian,
Young, Old …ANYONE.
»That includes you!
Can I tell if my partner is sick?
• People who are infected can
have the virus in their body for
years before getting sick.
During this time, they look and
feel healthy. If they have sex
with anyone, there is the
chance that they will spread the
virus to their sex partner.
The AIDS Quilt
• The AIDS quilt travels on display to
promote public awareness of acquired
immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
The quilt project initiated in 1986 by the
NAMES Project organization, consists of
thousands of panels. Each panel is
individually designed and is dedicated
to the memory of someone who has
died of AIDS.
For information about the
• Archive Project 415.882.5569 x346 or
• Community-Based & Academic
Programs 415.882.5569 x314 or email
• World AIDS Day Display Program
415.882.5569 x323 or email
Infection Rates: Cumulative
Cases by Age
(According to the CDC June 2001
Age # of Cumulative AIDS Cases
Under 5 6,928
5 - 12 2,066
13 – 19 4,219
20 – 24 27,880
25 – 29 103,085
30 – 34 175,343
35 – 39 177,759
40 – 44 131,718
45 – 49 77,152
50 – 54 40,972
55 – 59 22,423
60 – 64 12,415
65 or older 11,065
Cumulative Cases by
Race or Ethnicity # of Cumulative AIDS Cases
White, not Hispanic 337,035
Black, not Hispanic 301,784
Asian/Pacific Islander 5,922
American Indian/Alaska Native 2,433
Race/Ethnicity unknown 632
For More Information about
• CDC National AIDS Hotline: