AIDS is caused by a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which was originated in non-human primates in Central and West Africa.
While various sub-groups of the virus acquired human infectivity at different times, the global pandemic had its origins in the emergence of one specific strain – HIV-1 subgroup M – in Léopoldville in the Belgian Congo (now Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo) in the 1920s.
Should we ask for a partner's status even for a peck on the lips or a long sensual kiss? According to the National Health Service (NHS), think the United Kingdom's version of America's Centers for Disease Control (CDC), "The HIV virus can be spread through the exchange of bodily fluids, such as blood, semen and vaginal fluids.
“Dating with HIV, seriously or casually, is hard — even though it doesn’t have to be,” wrote the Temple University graduate.
“I am HIV positive, but it is undetectable.” That means Fratti — who takes an antiretroviral drug every day— cannot transmit the virus.
Many adolescents engage in sexual intercourse with multiple partners and without condoms.
Thus, they engage in sexual behaviors that place them at risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV.