Approximately 50 percent of new HIV infections in the United States occur in people under the age of 25. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). Though the majority of young people are infected sexually, HIV is also transmitted perinatally and by exposure to contaminated blood. Even in the absence of symptoms, an HIV-infected person can infect others. Infection with HIV can weaken the immune system to the point that it has difficulty fighting off opportunistic life-threatening infections. HIV is now considered to be a chronic manageable disease. If an HIV/AIDS case is reported at Marquette, our response will be based on compassion and concern for the welfare of the infected individual and on protecting the health of the Marquette community.
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