HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that can be spread through blood, sexual contact and breast milk. Once you contract HIV you will have it for life. HIV attacks the body’s immune system and makes it harder for your body to fight off infections. If left untreated HIV can advance to AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome), which is the last stage of HIV. Even though there is no cure for HIV, there are medications that can help manage the infection. The only way to know your HIV status is to get tested.
The Wyoming Department of Health has resources for those who want to know their HIV status, those who are infected with HIV, those who have a partner that is HIV positive, case managers, and healthcare providers.