HIV and teens

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Information on HIV for teens including how people get HIV, managing HIV, disclosure and transitioning to adult health care.

Key points

  • HIV is a virus that destroys special white blood cells of the immune system.
  • HIV can be transmitted through contaminated body fluids (blood, saliva, semen and vaginal secretions), during sexual intercourse and during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • When you are ready to have sex, use condoms AND lubrication AND contraception. This will protect you and your partner from HIV transmission, protect you both from STIs and from unwanted pregnancy.
  • Slowly taking charge of your health, medications and becoming independent will help you transition into adult care when you turn 18.
Last updated: December 18th 2013