Being contagious through blood and sexual intercourse, HIV is a dangerous disease that has ruined the life of so many people world-wide. The article below will give further information on HIV and AIDS.
What do you know about HIV/AIDS?
HIV is a virus that once exists in the body of a human, it will start deteriorate our health. To be specific, its target is to attack the immune system, weaken the ability to fight back diseases and sickness ranging from common cold to severe fever. It’s most commonly caught by having sexual intercourse without the protection of a condom. Furthermore, if a pregnant woman has HIV, it is very likely that her child will also be infected.
AIDS is the last stage of HIV.
Getting tested for HIV
If you suspect that you have HIV, come to the clinic as soon as possible to get an examination. The longer you wait, the quicker you will die.
The only way to find out whether you’ve infected with HIV or not is taking an HIV test. The examiners will take a sample of your blood or saliva to look for signs of infection.
If your result comes out to be negative, then congratulations, you do not have HIV. On the other hand, if the result suggests that you may have HIV, further blood tests are conducted to confirm the result. If it comes as positive, more tests and discussions with the HIV specialists, doctors or healthcare providers will be needed.
Treating and living with HIV
Currently, there are no cures whatsoever for patients who have HIV/AIDS. Nevertheless, treatments nowadays are quite effective in helping people with HIV to live longer and healthy lives.
If you have HIV or AIDS, you will need to take medicines in the form of tablets daily. Normally, taking one kind of drugs won’t be enough; thus, a combination of different drugs may be prescribed. Furthermore, a healthy lifestyle is also crucial in lengthening the time you have left.
For people who are currently living with HIV, taking antiretroviral treatment in the form of therapy will tremendously decrease the risk of passing on HIV to sexual partners. This therapy is very important as it has the ability to detect virus HIV, which blood tests are not capable of doing so. Despite the fact that pregnant women with HIV rarely transmit HIV to their babies, it is still possible.
People who share needles for whatever reasons, or have sex without the protection of condom are most likely to have HIV.
Needless to say, in order to prevent HIV, you must use a condom whenever you have sex. Plus, never share needles or any injecting equipment such as syringes, spoons and swabs with others.
Knowing the state of health of your sex partner before engaging in sexual stimulation is also very vital.
If you suspect that you may have HIV, come to the clinic as soon as possible to get further diagnosis, treatment and medication.
You may also interest in:
- HIV/AIDS Health Center
- 10 Warning Signs of HIV Infection
- Can Hiv Affect My Skin?
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Review Date: February 15, 2017 | Last Modified: February 15, 2017
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