National PPSI AIDS Awareness Month is an annual designation observed in November. PPSI, or Pharmacists Planning Services Inc., encourages everyone to spread awareness and raise money for AIDS research. There is no cure for AIDS, but there are several methods of treatment available for those who live with it. The more we do our part to spread the word, the closer we will be to finding the cure.

Over 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV/AIDS, and one in seven of them aren’t aware that they have it. Gay and bisexual men who are sexually active are the group at greatest risk for HIV/AIDS. HIV is a virus that causes an infection, and AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) is a condition that can develop when someone contracts HIV. Once you have developed AIDS, you have it for life, which is why it’s so important to be safe if you are sexually active.


Use #PpsiAidsAwarenessMonth, #AidsAwarenessMonth, or #AidsAwareness to post on social media. Here are a few personal steps you can take to protect yourself from HIV/AIDS.

  1. Get tested every few months, and know your partner’s HIV status. Click here to find an HIV testing location near you.
  2. Have sex that isn’t risky. HIV/AIDS is mainly spread by anal or vaginal sex had without condom use. Use a condom every time you have sex.
  3. Limit your number of sexual partners. If you are having sex with more than one person, get tested regularly.
  4. Talk to a medical professional about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which is an HIV/AIDS prevention option for those who do not have HIV, but are at high risk of becoming infected.
  5. Don’t inject drugs. 

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