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Pepco Holdings, Inc. 1st quarterly safety meeting featuring myself introducing employees to HIV/AIDS Facts

Pepco Holdings, Inc. 1st quarterly safety meeting featuring myself introducing employees to HIV/AIDS Facts

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  • 1. Michelle Delores Morgan Certified HIV/AIDS Prevention & Education Instructor American Red Cross Authorized HIV in the Workplace: Basic Facts
  • 2. Some Ground Rules to Follow
    • One at a time
    • Respect the feelings and opinions of others
    • No telling – if someone feels comfortable enough to “share” let us keep that information confidential
    • Speak for yourself only
    • It is ok to pass or not participate, however participation is strongly encouraged 
  • 3. The information you receive today was provided by the American Red Cross – National Capital Area Chapter www.redcrossnca.org Whitman Walker Clinic – Washington, DC www.wwc.org About Today's Presentation…
  • 4. The Immune System
    • What does it do?
      • Fights off infections and keep you healthy.
    • How does the immune system fight infections?
      • By using white blood cells and antibodies.
    • How does the immune system coordinate the use of white blood cells and antibodies?
      • A special type of white blood cell, the CD4 T-cell, coordinates all the components of the immune system.
  • 5. Exercise HIV and AIDS – Myths and Facts Handout IcE BrEaKeR
  • 6. *Answers*
    • Facts
    • Myths
    • HIV is the virus that causes AIDS
    • Someone who has HIV but looks and feels healthy can still infect other people
    • The risk of getting HIV from a blood transfusion these days is extremely low
    • Drinking alcohol can increase the risk of getting HIV
    • Sharing needles to inject steroids can spread HIV
    • Using a condom during sexual activity can reduce the risk of getting HIV
    • You can get HIV by drinking from a glass used by someone who has HIV
    • HIV is spread by kissing
    • You can get HIV from giving blood
    • Mosquitoes can spread HIV
    • Taking birth control pills can protect a girl from getting HIV
    • You can get HIV from a toilet seat
  • 7. What is HIV: Human Immunodeficiency Virus
    • It is only transmitted from human to human
      • You cannot become infected from animals or insect bites.
    • Weakens the immune system via the destruction of CD4 T-cells.
      • HIV infects and multiplies in CD4 T-cells
    • A virus is an organism that can cause disease.
      • HIV causes AIDS.
  • 8. What is AIDS: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
    • Symptoms after initial infection with HIV are flu-like, however, the symptoms associated with AIDS can differ depending on the patient.
    • You cannot tell if a person has AIDS by just looking at them.
    • AIDS is defined by a CD4 count <200/mm3
  • 9. How HIV is Not Transmitted
    • Casual Contact
    • Sharing Office Equipment
    • Sharing Restrooms, Water Fountains, or Showers
    • Eating Together
    • Sneezing or Coughing
    • Swimming
    • Being Bitten by an Animal or Insect
    • Donating Blood
    • Blood Transfusions
  • 10. How HIV IS Transmitted
    • Body Transmission
      • Blood
      • Semen
      • Breast Milk
      • Vaginal Fluid
    • Risky Behavior
      • Unprotected Sexual Activity
      • Sharing Needles
  • 11. HIV Antibody Testing
    • Antibodies are proteins produced by the body to fight infections, such as HIV
    • The test is designed to detect HIV antibodies in the sample you provide.
    • An HIV antibody test can be done drawing blood or using oral fluid.
  • 12. How can we become more aware of HIV in the Workplace
    • Don't judge - do not base a symptom of the virus on any level, race, gender, preference of any matter
    • Be safe - examples are ways in assisting someone with a cut, always use gloves
    • Be educated - learn the facts, and share information with others
  • 13. &quot;Be Educated, Be Healthy, and LIVE!&quot; www.hivtest.org - know your status Any Questions? To conclude…