HIV is a virus spread through body fluids that affects specific cells of the immune system and can destroy so many of them that the body can’t fight off infections and disease. In the United States, more than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection and almost 1 in 7 people are unaware of their infection. It is important to protect yourself and stay knowledgeable about this disease.

Though the occurrence of HIV infection is higher among some groups over others, it is important to get tested, as the risk factors are the same for everyone. Find a free, fast and confidential testing center near you. Locate a testing center 

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When HIV destroys so many cells of the immune system and your body can no longer fight off infections of disease, HIV leads to AIDS (Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome)
A – Acquired – AIDS is not something you inherit from your parents. You acquire AIDS after birth.
I – Immuno – Your body’s immune system includes all the organs and cells that work to fight off infection or disease.
D – Deficiency – You get AIDS when your immune system is “deficient,” or isn’t working the way it should.
S – Syndrome – A syndrome is a collection of symptoms and signs of disease. AIDS is a syndrome, rather than a single disease, because it is a complex illness with a wide range of complications and symptoms.

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Northern Nevada HOPES
445 Ralston Street
Reno, NV 89503

Providing FREE, Rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing to the community. Get your results in 15 minutes. Walk-ins welcome and appointments available Monday-Friday starting at 8am.