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HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS. This virus may be passed from one person to another when infected blood, semen, or vaginal secretions come in contact with an uninfected person’s broken skin or mucous membranes*. In addition, infected pregnant women can pass HIV to their baby during pregnancy or delivery, as well as through breast-feeding. People with HIV have what is called HIV infection. Some of these people will develop AIDS as a result of their HIV infection.

HIV/AIDS is a global epidemic that has a devastating impact in the lives of individuals, families, and communities all over the world. The research on this site is focused primarily on Chicago, Illinois, and the United States because of The Night Ministry’s particular focus.

Research & Links

Centers for Disease Control
HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report: HIV Infection and AIDS in the United States, 2004. 
HIV/AIDS and African Americans
Rapid HIV Testing  
Questions & Answers about HIV

Cook County Department of Public Health

The Henry Kaiser Family Foundation
Six papers on AIDS at 25 years

HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

"African Americans, Health Disparities and HIV/AIDS: Recommendations for Confronting the Epidemic in Black America," National Minority AIDS Council

U. S. Department of Health and Human Services HIV/AIDS web site

University of Florida Studies
Unrealistic HIV/AIDS prevention campaigns largely ineffective
Female and minority experts most effective in HIV prevention

What is HIV & AIDS


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