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2017 Service-Learning Symposium: How HIV is Transmitted

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How HIV is Transmitted

Authors: Brandon Findley and Jorge Quintero

Faculty Supervisor: Gerard White, Ph.D., MLT(CSMLS), MB(ASCP)CM

Abstract:

The goal of our service-learning project is to spread awareness about HIV and educate our fellow CCGA students about how this virus is transmitted. HIV can be transmitted only through specific activities. Most commonly, people acquire or transmit HIV through unsafe sexual activities or via intravenous IV drug use. Certain body fluids from a person who has HIV can transmit HIV. These fluids must come in contact with a mucous membrane or damaged tissue (even slight damage) or be directly injected into the bloodstream for transmission to occur. We hope that our project has helped students at CCGA learn more about HIV and what they can do to protect themselves from this virus. Education about HIV/AIDS is the most important weapon we have for preventing the spread of this virus.