Beth White PubHlth 160 –My Body, My Health April 15, 2011 Journal 10 We all need to be comfortable with our sexuality –whether it be openly talking with our partner about sexual history, feeling comfortable in our own skin, or facing our worst fears when it comes to STIs and HIV/AIDS. There is truly no surefire way to prevent STIs and HIV/AIDS other than abstinence and/or masturbation, which why we have to be knowledgeable about safer sex. Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV for short, is the virus that causes AIDS, otherwise known as Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, which is to some, a death sentence. While much research has been done on the topic, people still have many misconceptions about the virus. Many think that once diagnosed with HIV your sex life is over and you are handed an immediate death sentence –this simply is not true. Most times, people go for about ten years before developing full-blown AIDS, or in Magic Johnson’s case, much longer than ten years.
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Human immunodeficiency virus, Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome