Test Your Knowledge of HIV and AIDS (Quiz)

December 1 marks World AIDS Day.

Medical advances have completely changed the lives of people living with HIV. We now understand how HIV is transmitted and what we can do to stop it. Perhaps most encouragingly, people diagnosed with HIV are receiving better treatments and living long, happy lives.

However, many†individuals still live in areas where access to education, preventative methods and effective treatment are not readily available. We all need to do our part to work toward an AIDS-free world. We’re getting closer every year. With the help of the global community, we could see the first AIDS-free generation since the advent of HIV infection in humans.

Learn more about HIV and AIDS by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, AIDS.gov, the World Health Organization†and AVERT.

How much do you know about HIV and AIDS?

Question 1
Which of the following choices is not a transmitter of HIV?
A
Blood
B
Semen
C
Vaginal Fluid
D
Saliva
Question 1 Explanation: 
Only certain fluidsóblood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, and breast milkófrom an HIV-infected person can transmit HIV.
Question 2
Who should get regularly tested for HIV?
A
Anyone who's sexually active.
B
Anyone who uses injected drugs.
C
Anyone who smokes.
D
Both A) and B).
E
Both A) and C).
Question 2 Explanation: 
The CDC actually recommends that health care providers test everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 at least once as part of routine health care. One in eight people in the United States who have HIV do not know they are infected.
Question 3
How long can a person live with HIV?
A
A normal lifespan with treatment
B
A normal lifespan without treatment
C
Up to 20 years
D
Up to 30 years
Question 3 Explanation: 
Thanks to rapid medical advances, people who detect HIV early and adhere to proper medical treatment can now live a normal lifespan.
Question 4
Do all people with HIV have AIDS?
A
Yes
B
No
Question 4 Explanation: 
HIV is the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. AIDS, which stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, is a condition that occurs when HIV comprises the immune system. With proper medical treatment, a person living with HIV can prevent the development of AIDS.
Question 5
I should only have sex with people who don't have HIV.
A
True
B
False
Question 5 Explanation: 
Many people live with HIV and haven't been diagnosed. A person diagnosed with HIV and on treatment will usually have a much lower virus concentration than an undiagnosed person. You should assume all people could have HIV and practice safer sex. Discrimination based on HIV status is ineffective and unnecessary. Talk to your doctor about prevention strategies if you have questions about your risk. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily pill that prevents HIV, may be right for you.
Question 6
Children can be born with HIV.
A
True
B
False
Question 6 Explanation: 
Children with an HIV-positive mother can be born with HIV. It's important for expectant mothers to know their status, as receiving proper medical care can prevent an HIV-positive mother from transmitting the infection to her child. If a child is born with HIV, s/he must receive medical treatment.
Question 7
Only gay and bisexual men†contract HIV through sex.
A
True
B
False
Question 7 Explanation: 
Absolutely anyone can contract HIV through unprotected sexual activity. Millions of women and straight males have contracted HIV through sexual activity. Everyone has a responsibility to protect themselves.
Question 8
Am I banned from traveling to or from the United States if I have HIV?
A
Yes
B
No
Question 8 Explanation: 
President Barack Obama completely lifted the discriminatory travel ban. People living with HIV can travel to and from the U.S. without fear of harassment by any U.S. authorities. Some countries do have discriminatory bans, so it's best to check local laws before traveling abroad.
There are 8 questions to complete.

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