The majority (95%) of people infected with HIV do not transmit the virus to others, mostly due to prevention efforts and the availability of testing and treatment. (1)
HIV is spread through unprotected sex and injecting drugs, as well as from mother to child. In the United States, many new infections are transmitted through heterosexual sex. It is estimated that people over the age of 50 represent 15% of the new HIV/AIDS diagnoses each year. (2)
There are treatments that allow people to live with HIV for many years, enjoying productive and healthy lives. The earlier the infection is diagnosed, the longer a person can remain healthy.
Talk with your doctor about getting tested for HIV. Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that every sexually active person between the ages of 13 and 64 be tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care? Learn more on the "Act Against AIDS" website.
PAMF is proud to present three new interactive products about HIV from Sociometrics. These resources are evidence-based programs known to prevent HIV infection in teens and adults.
Select one of the links below to learn more about HIV now.
This site features reference materials, resources, interactive games and video clips that highlight:
- HIV/AIDS 101
- Preventing HIV
- Getting tested
- Living with HIV/AIDS
- HIV/AIDS Gender & Culture: Exploring some of the biological, social and cultural factors that affect some populations—making them most at risk for HIV/AIDS.
HIV Rap Interactive will also help build HIV awareness, answer questions and provide strategies that can be used to protect sexually active individuals and their sexual partners.
This site is a computer-based sexual health and HIV/AIDS prevention education tool designed to:
- Empower people to learn more about sexual health and HIV infection
- Encourage discussion between health providers and patients they serve
- Encourage screening and testing for HIV.
Similar to the site above, Know the Risks: People over 50 provides:
- A brief HIV risk survey.
- A printable custom risk profile
- 13 educational activities for viewing in a multimedia learning center.
(1) CDC. Monitoring selected national HIV prevention and care objectives by using HIV surveillance data—United States and 6 U.S. dependent areas—2010. HIV Surveillance Supplemental Report2012;17(No. 3, part A). Published June 2012.
(2) CDC. HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report, 2005 Vol. 17. Rev ed. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2007:1–54. Accessed December 5, 2007.