Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a viral infection that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), which can lead to death. HIV can be transmitted through the blood, semen, vaginal secretions, or breast milk of an HIV-infected person. HIV can be prevented by condom use or choosing not to have sex.
A blood test can determine if a person is infected with HIV, but if a person tests positive for HIV, it does not mean that the person has AIDS. HIV/AIDS is manageable with medication.
You can get tested for HIV and all other STIs at University Health Services. Call (512) 471-4955 to make an appointment.