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AIDS is caused by a virus known as the human immunodeficiency virus or HIV. HIV is found in the blood, semen, and vaginal secretions of an infected person, and it spreads through unprotected sexual intercourse with an infected person, needle-sharing among injecting drug users, or, less commonly and now very rarely, through transfusions of infected blood or blood-clotting factor. You do not become infected by casual contact with an infected person or through insect bites or stings.

The population group most at risk of contracting AIDS/HIV in Ireland are intravenous drug users - almost 50% of AIDS cases are intravenous drug users.

Open Heart House
St. Mary Place
Dublin 7
work Tel: +353 01 830 5000
work fax Fax: +353 01 860 1285

Open Heart House provides a range of support services to people living with and affected by the HIV virus regardless of race, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender or disability status. They collaborate with members, other agencies and Health Boards to educate and disseminate knowledge about the illness so as to continually nurture and develop a climate of hope and acceptance for those living with and affected by HIV and AIDS.

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