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  Two young Americans become infected with HIV EVERY HOUR!




Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a disease caused by the Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This virus attacks the immune system, the body's line of defense against disease and infections. When the immune system breaks down, one becomes susceptible to serious, often deadly infections and cancers called "opportunistic infections", so named because they take advantage of the body's weakened defenses.

You Can Prevent HIV
Although HIV infection is completely preventable, every 9 minutes, someone in the United States is infected with the virus. That person could be you - or someone you know - your brother, sister, father, mother, friend, co-worker, or neighbor. It is important for everyone to get the facts, talk about HIV/AIDS with partners and loved ones, reduce risk behaviors, and get tested to learn their HIV status.

It's not always easy, but we all must be willing to talk about sex. To protect yourself, you need to understand how a person gets HIV or passes it to someone else. HIV can be passed on when blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, vaginal fluid, or breast milk from a person who has HIV enters the body of a person who does not have HIV.




We Can Help
CCHAS provides a comprehensive range of client-centered programs that meet the diverse needs of those living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS. Our services are concentrated within four (4) major categories: Confidential HIV Testing and Education, Housing Support, Emotional Support, and the Community Volunteer Program. Annually, the dedicated staff, plus nearly 300 volunteers, serve more than 250 primary clients, 125 loved ones and 10,000 community members.

For information about services or programs please call 831.442.3959.

Or email us at [email protected]




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