4 Facts About HIV You Should Know

HIV singles

One of the worst things you can do when dating HIV singles is talk about this virus on your first date. It is not romantic and it won’t help you impress your date in any way. So, instead of treating your potential match like they are a walking Wikipedia, learn the facts about HIV on your own so that you can talk to your date about other things. In that name, we’ve prepared several things about the virus that might interest you.

Patient zero

French Canadian flight attendant called Gaetan Dugas who died in 1984 was identified as patient zero in the U.S. He claimed to have slept with more than 2,500 people in North America. On the other hand, some studies dismiss the idea that he was patient zero suggesting that he was merely a part of a cluster of gay men who traveled often and were extremely sexually active.

Celebrities with AIDS

The first celebrity who admitted having AIDS was Rock Hudson. He went public with an AIDS diagnosis on July 25, 1985. He died three months later in Beverly Hills, California when he was 59.

HIV in the U.S.

According to statistics, more than 1.1 million people in the U.S. have HIV today. Unfortunately, almost 18 % are unaware of their infection. Furthermore, studies have shown that someone in the country is infected with HIV every 9.5 minutes, which means that around 50,000 Americans become infected with HIV every year. When it comes to race, African Americans face the most severe burden of being infected with HIV.

Transmission of HIV

Whether you are infected or not, you need to know how this virus is transmitted. HIV is primarily spread through unprotected sex with someone who is positive, sharing needles or syringes, being born to an infected mother, as well as through blood transfusions. On the other hand, you can’t get infected if you hug or touch an infected person, use public bathrooms or swimming pools or share cups, utensils, or telephones with someone who has HIV.

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