RESPECT Yourself PROTECT Yourself

Stay Aware to Stay HIV-free!

Did You Know...?

  • HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus. It causes the condition called AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). HIV weakens your body's immune system, meaning you are less able to fight off illness than a healthy person.
  • Both HIV and AIDS are incurable, meaning once you have the disease, there is no way to get rid of it. Doctors can provide treatment to manage it, but you will always have the illness.
  • Approximately 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV/AIDS, and approximately 50,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Approximately 15,500 people die from HIV annually (CDC, 2014)!
  • HIV infection rates are on the rise among American youth! Young people (ages 13-24 years) account for 26% of new U.S. HIV cases, even though they only make up 17% of of the population. Black and Latino/Latina young people are at the greatest risk, as are gay/bisexual youth (CDC, 2014).

How can you Respect & Protect yourself?


The MOST important thing you can do? Talk. Talk to your sexual partners. Talk to your healthcare providers. Talk to your friends. Talk about prevention, testing, treatment. Speak up and spread the word about HIV/AIDS!

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What is TRUVADA?

Truvada is a drug used as prophylaxis, or prevention, against the spread of HIV. It is not a vaccine! Truvada is a pill that must be taken every day and it can prevent you from contracting HIV if you're exposed to it. It is a combination of medications used to treat HIV infection in positive individuals. If you are a male who has sex with other males, if you are an IV drug user, or if you are a female who has sex with males, you might be a candidate for Truvada.

Before you can take Truvada, you must meet with your doctor to decide if it is right for you. You will have to take blood tests before you begin taking the medication, and you will have to continue to follow up with your doctor for more tests while you are taking it. If you do not take Truvada every day, you might not have enough of the drug in your body to fight off HIV (CDC, 2014).

Even if you and your doctor decide Truvada is right for you, you should continue to use condoms each time you have sex, and avoid sharing needles!



The RESPECT YOURSELF, PROTECT YOURSELF campaign is an effort to promote HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention among American youth.


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