HIV/AIDS - How Much Do You Know?

Test your knowledge...

  1. Young people under 25 years of age represent what percentage of all new HIV infections in the US?
  1. 15%
  2. 25%
  3. 40%
  4. 50%
  1. True or False: AIDS is an incurable disease spread mainly by unprotected sex or by sharing needles with someone who has the virus called HIV.

  2. True or False: Young Americans between the ages of 13 and 25 years of age are contracting HIV at the rate of 2 per hour.

  3. HIV is not present in...
    1. semen and vaginal secretions
    2. the air that you breathe
    3. blood
    4. breast milk

  4. You can become infected with HIV by...
    1. sharing utensils or drinking glasses with someone with HIV
    2. using the same toilet seat as an HIV-positive person
    3. hugging someone with HIV
    4. being bitten by a mosquito
    5. none of the above

  5. Which does not help to reduce the risk of transmitting HIV?
    1. using a late condom or a female condom
    2. using the "Pill," diaphragm, or other birth control methods
    3. abstinence
    4. all of the above help reduce transmission

  6. If you are infected with HIV, you might show symptoms...
    1. within a few months
    2. within a year
    3. in 10 or more years
    4. any of the above

  7. True or False: New HIV/AIDS drug treatments have lowered the number of AIDS-related deaths in the US and enabled people with HIV to live longer.

  8. True or False: There are medicines for HIV-positive pregnant women that can greatly decrease the chances of transmitting HIV to their babies.

  9. True or False: Only drug users and gay men need to worry about becoming infected with HIV.

Answers:

  1. Answer: (D) Young people under 25 years of age represent 50% of all new HIV infections in the US.
  1. True - AIDS is an incurable disease spread mainly by unprotected sex or by sharing needles with someone who has the virus called HIV.

  2. True - Young Americans between the ages of 13 and 25 years of age are contracting HIV at the rate of 2 per hour.

  3. Answer: (B) HIV is not present in the air that you breathe. It is present in semen and vaginal secretions, blood and breast milk.

  4. Answer: (E) You can become infected with HIV by
    1. sharing utensils or drinking glasses with someone with HIV
    2. using the same toilet seat as an HIV-positive person
    3. hugging someone with HIV
    4. being bitten by a mosquito
    5. none of the above

  5. Answer: (B) Using the "Pill," diaphragm, or other birth control methods does not help to reduce the risk of transmitting HIV?  

  6. Answer: (D) If you are infected with HIV, you might show symptoms within a few months, year, or 10 or more years.

  7. True - New HIV/AIDS drug treatments have lowered the number of AIDS-related deaths in the US and enabled people with HIV to live longer.

  8. True - There are medicines for HIV-positive pregnant women that can greatly decrease the chances of transmitting HIV to their babies.

  9. False - Only drug users and gay men need to worry about becoming infected with HIV.



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For more, please visit the Human Immunodeficiency Virus Center. Source: American Association of World Health; (http://www.aawhworldhealth.org/)
Last Editorial Review: 2/14/2003




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