HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) that isn’t treated will become AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).
There is no cure for HIV, but it can be controlled with medication and treatment.
According to AIDS.gov, the medicine that people with HIV take are antiretroviral therapy (ART), and it can help prolong the life of people with HIV and reduce the chances of them passing HIV on to other people.
HIV can be transmitted through breast milk, blood, semen, and other bodily fluids.
The fluids of an infected person that come into contact with the mucous membrane of a healthy person can transfer the illness.
The two most common ways HIV is transmitted is by sharing needles and during sex.
In the United States, some states have laws that require people with HIV to tell certain people about their status.
It is especially important for a sexual partner to know this information. Maryland is one of those states.
But that didn’t stop Daniel Cleaves from having sex with a woman he met at a bar in Bethesda, Maryland.
They two had unprotected sex over a three day period.
The woman found his medical records in a bag that he had left behind.
She was horrified to learn that Cleaves had HIV and didn’t bother to tell her.
Cleaves has done this before, he reportedly had been accused of sexual assault in both Richmond and Virginia Beach.
He was arrested and may have given the woman HIV.
Using a condom can help prevent the spread of HIV, but it is not foolproof.
Share away, people.