HIV/AIDS Facts

What is HIV?
HIV (Human Immunodificiency Virus) is the virus that causes AIDS.

What is AIDS?
AIDS (Aquired Immunodeficiency Syndromes) is a result of HIV. HIV infection can be prevented.
HIV is not spread through everyday casual contact like kissing, touching or drinking from the same glass or eating from the same utinsels. People cannot get HIV when they give blood.

How do people get infected?
By sex with an infected person, by sharing needles or syringes with an infected person, or during pregnancy, birth, or breast feeding from an infected mother to her baby. Body fluids of an infected person that spread HIV are semen, vaginal fluid, blood and breast milk. People who think they are at risk of HIV are encouraged to seek individual counseling and testing.

How can I be sure the blood is safe if I need a blood transfusion?
The risk of getting HIV from a blood transfusion in the U.S. is extremely low. All blood donors are screened for their risk of HIV. All donated blood is tested. All blood that tests positive for signs of HIV is destroyed.

Where can I get confidential free HIV testing and other resource information?
Contact for local agencies: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/hiv/testingsites.html
National contacts:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
www.cdc.gov and The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
www.kff.org.

What is the church's role in the fight against HIV/AIDS?
To respond in a caring and compassionate way by
learning about HIV, providing literature to the congregation regarding the needs of people who are infected with HIV.

How do I schedule an HIV presentation?
Please contact Community Fitness Today, Inc. at
communityfitness@hotmail.com, at 612-824-8610, or fax 763-503-6130.

We welcome and depend on community donations to support our organization. Your tax deductible donation can be written and sent to: Community Fitness Today or CFT, 3801 First Avenue S., Minneapolis, Mn 55409, 612-237-9495 or to PO Box 8064, Minneapolis, Mn 55408