St. Francois County Health Center offers confidential testing and counseling for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s). Call 573.431.1947 ext. 141
The Center for Disease Control estimates that there are approximately 250,000 people
in the United States that have HIV and don’t even know it.
National HIV Testing Day is an opportunity for people nationwide to
learn their HIV status, and to gain knowledge and to take control of their
health and their own lives.
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is caused by HIV
(Human Immunodeficiency Virus).
By killing or damaging cells of the body’s immune system,
HIV just keeps destroying the body’s ability to fight infections and
Where can HIV be found?
HIV can be found in body fluids, including:
some body fluids sometimes handled by healthcare workers
(fluids surrounding the brain and spinal cord, bone joints, and around an unborn baby)
How is HIV passed?
HIV can be passed from one person to another person by:
having sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) with a person who has HIV
sharing needles with a drug user who has HIV
breast-feeding if a mother has HIV
getting a blood transfusion from a person with HIV