HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. HIV is not like the flu virus which can be cured. HIV weakens the body's immune system’s ability to fight off infections and diseases. It is the kind of virus that can stay hidden and quiet for a long time in your body without causing any real harm and then something triggers it and causes it to become lethal. In order to find out more about HIV go to the link below.
AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. It is the final stage of an HIV infection. That means that the immune system has been totally dismantled and the body can no longer fight off infection and disease. AIDS kills by leaving the body defenseless against disease.
Both HIV and AIDS are sexually transmitted viruses although they can be transmitted through the exchange of other bodily fluids.
STD stands for sexually transmitted diseases or it is sometimes referred to as STIs for sexually transmitted infections. There are many STDs: chancroid, chlamydia, crabs, gonorrhea, hepatitis, herpes, scabies, HPV-warts, syphilis, trichomoniasis, vaginal yeast, bacterial vaginosis (BV), yeast in men, and, of course, HIV/AIDS. With a list like this you would think we would stop having sex. Not the case however. Most of us just say " that won't happen to me."
We know that many of you have learned about STDs at school, but this is a serious problem among kids our age and if you don't know what to do or how to avoid getting an STD you might be headed for trouble. It's a matter of SAFETY first in order to avoid infection. Many of these STDs can easily be dealt with if you do something within 24 hours of being infected. However, most of the time we don't know that we are infected until it is a more serious situation and an embarrassing one. Please link on to the sites below to find out more...AND BE SMART - BE SAFE!