HIV is transmitted from person to person through direct contact with the blood, semen, vaginal fluid or breast milk of someone who is infected with the virus. Direct contact usually comes from unprotected sex with a person who has the virus, or from sharing needles with them. A baby can also get HIV from a mother who is infected.
HIV can be treated; however there is no cure or vaccine for HIV or AIDS.
If you have medical insurance, you can ask your doctor to test you for HIV, or you can find a clinic in your area that offers free or low-cost HIV testing. Some agencies offer rapid testing, which allows you to receive your result the same day. Go to the California HIV/AIDS Service Referrals website to search for HIV-related services in your area.
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