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HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). The HIV virus attacks and weakens the immune system of the infected person causing the body to lose its ability to fight disease and infection.
A person can be infected with HIV for many years before symptoms present themselves. One can feel healthy and look healthy for years (and continue to spread the HIV virus) before becoming sick.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STD's) can affect anyone. Every year approximately 12 million new STD cases occur in the United States. At this time, there are roughly 50 identified organisms and syndromes (aka: STD's) identified by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). STD's can be either viral or bacterial infections-with some treatable and others that are non-responsive to drug treatments.
A healthy relationship is one where both people feel safe and respected. The relationship should be based on, and include trust, honesty, equality and mutual respect.
There are a number of things women need to be aware of and take care of to maintain the best health possible. These include: annual check ups, including a pelvic exam, monthly breast exams, basic reproductive health knowledge and nutrition.
Just as women need to be responsible for their reproductive and general health, men too have to take an active role in their health.