Health Tips : All You need to know about HIV/Aids

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People have been diagnosed of many ailment, but didn’t know how it was contacted, or how to prevent it.

In this class, there would be an indepth analysis of HIV/Aids, how to prevent it, and if you have it already, we would know how live with it.

What is HIV?

It is an infection that can lead to AIDS.

The full meaning is : Human Immunodeficiency Virus.

This virus breaks down certain cells in your immune system (your body’s defense against diseases that helps you stay healthy).

When HIV damages your immune system, it’s easier to get really sick and even die from infections that your body could normally fight off.

Fact

About 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV, and more than 38,000 new infections happen every year. Most people with HIV don’t have any symptoms for many years and feel totally fine, so they might not even know they have it.

Once you have HIV, the virus stays in your body for life. There’s no cure for HIV, but medicines can help you stay healthy.

HIV medicine lowers or even stops your chances of spreading the virus to other people.

Studies show that using HIV treatment as directed can lower the amount of HIV in your blood so much that it might not even show up on a test when this happens, you can’t transmit HIV through sex.

How to live with this disease, if already diagnosed

Treatment is really important (that’s why getting tested is so important). Without treatment, HIV can lead to AIDS. But with medicine, people with HIV can live long, healthy lives and stop the spread of HIV to others.

1) It’s recommended that you test for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) at least once a year if you’re having sex, even if you always use protection.

You might want to test more regularly than this, for example, if you are having sex with a new partner or feel you are more at risk. Groups who are more at risk are recommended to test more regularly.

2) Testing every 3-6 months is often advised for men who have sex with men.

3) Testing regularly helps keep your mind at rest, and if you test positive, it means you can start treatment quickly, protecting your health as well.

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