WATCH: Community Conversations About HIV

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December 1, 2016

Is there stigma around HIV? How is HIV transmitted? These are just a few of the questions we asked Coachella Valley residents of different ages, ethnicities, gender identities and socio-economic levels.

World AIDS Day, held on the 1st December each year, is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died from AIDS-related illness. This World AIDS Day, please consider these facts:

  1. HIV is a virus anyone can get.
  2. The rate of HIV in the Coachella Valley is more than twice the national rate.
  3. HIV is both preventable and treatable.
  4. You can live with HIV for us to 10 years with no symptoms.
  5. The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested.
  6. Free and confidential HIV testing is available at community test sites and events throughout Coachella Valley.
  7. More than 150 Coachella Valley physicians now make HIV testing routine.
  8. If you have HIV, you can lead a long and healthy life by getting onto medication. The sooner you start, the better.
  9. People with HIV who are on medication become 96% less infections
  10. Three ways to prevent acquiring HIV are:
    1. Practice safe sex
    2. Don’t share needles
    3. Take PrEP – one pill per day. Ask your doctor to learn more or schedule an appointment at The Dock Clinic.

Together, we can become the first place anywhere to stop the spread of HIV.

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