More than $1.7 million has been awarded to Nebraska Health and Human Services for support services to individuals with HIV and AIDS.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant comes from the Ryan White Title Two Grant Program. Families of those HIV and AIDS sufferers also benefit from the program.
Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel says the program is aimed at helping those people live a healthy life.
The funding will be used to provide health care, direct emergency assistance for housing, utilities, and health insurance coverage, HIV related medications, and case management assistance.
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A few facts about AIDS and HIV
- AIDS, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, is a condition believed to be caused by a virus called HIV.
- This virus attacks the immune system.
- When the immune system breaks down, you lose this protection and can develop many serious, often deadly infections and cancers.
- AIDS is the condition that lets opportunistic infections take hold, and those infections cause death.
How is HIV and AIDS transmitted
- HIV is spread most commonly by having unprotected sex with an infected partner. The virus can enter the body through the lining of the vagina, vulva, penis, rectum, or mouth during sex.
- HIV also is spread through contact with infected blood. Today, because of blood screening and heat treatment, the risk of getting HIV from such transfusions is extremely small.
- HIV frequently is spread among injection drug users by the sharing of needles or syringes contaminated with very small quantities of blood from someone infected with the virus.
- Women can transmit HIV to their babies during pregnancy or birth. Approximately one-quarter to one-third of all untreated pregnant women infected with HIV will pass the infection to their babies.
Early symptoms of HIV infection