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Learn the basics about HIV and AIDS. Plus, learn how to prevent HIV and take steps to protect yourself, your loved ones, and friends.

Whether it's a conversation, text message, Facebook status update, or a tweet—we must talk to each other about HIV and how we can prevent it. In fact, you can do it right now.

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According to the CDC, nearly one in six people with HIV doesn’t know he or she is infected, and can pass the virus on to others without knowing it. Getting an HIV test, knowing your HIV status, and encouraging your friends, family, and community to do the same are important steps in preventing the spread of HIV. Talk with your friends and family about getting tested and protecting themselves. The CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 be tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. Testing once a year (or more) is recommended for people at higher risk of HIV infection, such as those who are gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM), injection drug users, or people with multiple sex partners.

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A little help can go a long way! You can make a difference! Learn about some easy tips, suggestions, and resources that you and your network can use to help prevent HIV.

Over 2,000 Iowans are living with HIV.

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OUR STORIES

Every voice and every story is important. Individuals featured in Let's Stop HIV Together have shared their stories to raise awareness, fight stigma about HIV, encourage HIV prevention and testing, and champion the power of relationships in the personal and public fight to stop HIV.

LIVING WITH HIV - DANIELLE

Hi my name is Danielle.

We always hear how devastating it is when a person is told that they have been infected with the HIV virus.

Well what is life like when that is all you know?

You see I don’t know what life is like not being positive because I was born with the virus on January 26, 1985, but wasn’t diagnosed until the age of 6 with AIDS in 1991. Both of my parents passed away from complications of AIDS, which left me to be raised by my aunts, uncles, and brothers.

I can’t tell you when I really realized what was going on with me, all I knew was that I had to go to the hospital every month and have an IV put in me for about 6 hours each time until the age of nine...

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IOWA HIV PREVENTION

The HIV/AIDS Program receives HIV prevention funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide for HIV counseling and testing, partner counseling and referral services, health education/risk reduction activities and health communication/public information activities. These activities are targeted to high-risk individuals as defined in Iowa’s HIV Prevention Comprehensive Plan. The funding is also awarded to support HIV prevention community planning, technical assistance and capacity building activities.

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Download free Let’s Stop HIV Together materials to spread the word in your community and help raise awareness about the impact of HIV, the importance of HIV prevention and testing, and the effects of stigma and how we can work together to increase support for people living with HIV.

Every voice and every story is important. Individuals featured in Let's Stop HIV Together have shared their stories to raise awareness, fight stigma about HIV, encourage HIV prevention and testing, and champion the power of relationships in the personal and public fight to stop HIV.

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The mission of the Iowa Ryan White Part B Program is to meet the health care needs of persons living with HIV disease by funding primary health care and support services to get people into primary medical care and help them stay in care.

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