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The Effects of HIV

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According to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, The Bronx has the highest HIV infection rate in New York City. In 2013, NYC.gov reported 35,172 people were living with HIV/AIDS in the Bronx. Acquired immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is the disease caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which is the final stage of HIV. This is a world wide epidemic, especially because most people living with HIV don't have access to prevention, care or treatment and there is still no cure. HIV can be transmitted from certain fluids such as, blood, semen, pre-seminal fluids, rectal fluids, vaginal fluids and breast milk of an HIV- infected person. These fluids must come in contact with a mucous membrane or damaged tissue or be directly injected into the bloodstream for HIV transmission.BOOM!Health is a nonprofit organization that has been offering people prevention services while improving the lives of adults and adolescents who are HIV positive or at risk. They are also responsible for protecting communities from further disease burden in the South Bronx. They offer prevention, wellness empowerment and provide food and nutrition.
One of the best ways to protect oneself against HIV is prevention. BOOM!Health offers various measures to help people in the Bronx avoid contracting HIV. This includes prevention education, condom distribution, street outreach and rapid HIV testing. Prevention is urgently needed due to 2.7 new infections occurring annually to minimize the
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