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Read our expert answers to frequently asked questions about HIV and STD Testing.

Get Smart About HIV

HIV is an abbreviation for Human Immunodeficiency Virus and was first discovered in 1981. Reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there will be roughly fifty thousand new HIV infections every year in the United States and it is estimated that 1,178,350 individuals are currently living with the virus at the close of 2008. One in four people with HIV do not know they have the disease and aren't receiving proper treatment and could possibly spread the virus.

The CDC estimates that HIV aversion programs have thwarted over 350,000 HIV infections each year . Practicing safe sex and regular HIV & STD testing greatly lessens your risk of infection.

HIV Overview

HIV weakens the body's immune system by doing harm to particular white blood cells known as T-cells (T-lymphocytes). These T-cells are an essential part of orchestrating the body's immune system. Over time, a person's damaged immune system leaves them extremely vulnerable to other diseases and infections and can lead to AIDS.

Primarily, HIV can be transmitted during multiple types of unprotected intercourse -vaginal, anal or oral- through infected semen, blood or vaginal secretions. Aside from unprotected sexual intercourse, HIV can also be spread through intravenous drug use by sharing infected needles.

Despite advances in modern science, there is no cure for HIV. There have been great strides in the effectiveness of HIV treatments. Living a long and healthy life while HIV positive is attainable with proper medication. Quick detection through HIV testing is key to treatment and can ensure a patient's quality of life can be maintained for as long as possible.

Reno HIV & STD Statistics

STDs and HIV are still an epidemic in the United States and in Reno. Below are a few national, Nevada and Washoe County statistics about HIV and STDs:

People Living with HIV

Washoe County839

People Living with AIDS


Chlamydia Infections

Washoe County1,248

Gonorrhea Infections

Washoe County133

All Syphilis Infections

Washoe County26

More STD Statistical Resources

Nevada State HealtháDivision

Data Source:
* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, HIV Incidence and Case Surveillance Branch