AIDS Tips for Teens
AIDS is a condition caused by a virus called HIV that attacks a person’s immune system, making it defenseless against diseases and infections. The full medical name for AIDS is Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome and the virus is called the Human Immunodeficiency Virus.
HIV is transmitted through all forms of unprotected sexual intercourse, i.e., vaginal, anal or oral sex without the proper use of a latex condom, and through sharing needles or syringes with someone who is infected with HIV. Because HIV can “hide” in the body for 10 years or more before it shows up as AIDS, you must never assume that just because you cannot “see” it in a person, it is not there!