10 Interesting HIV Facts
It was, many of us already know the facts about HIV disease, but know it is not enough because the more important thing is our readiness to accept the presence of patients in our lives. If we truly know and understand about HIV and AIDS, we must not be anxious when you know the person sitting next to us is an individual with HIV. Here are 10 interesting HIV facts.
1. AIDS caused by HIV
HIV is the human immunodeficiency virus that damages the immune system. People suffering from Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) become weak because their bodies lose the ability to fight all diseases. They eventually die and so far there is no medicine that can cure HIV infection.
2. First appearance of AIDS can take 10 years after infection
The HIV virus takes many years to breed and form colonies in the human body. This is why a person infected with HIV look and feel healthy for many years and in this period that he can transfer the virus to others unknowingly. Medicines that have enabled HIV-infected individuals live healthier longer, but he still can transfer the virus to others.
3. HIV is transmitted through body fluids
HIV transmission can occur at all levels, whether the patient is experiencing symptoms of AIDS or looks well. In individuals infected with HIV, the virus can be found in the blood, semen (including the liquid that comes out before ejaculation), vaginal discharge, from mother to child HIV in the womb, birth and breast milk.
4. Infection most commonly occurs through sexual contact
Intrusion occurs when body fluids during sexual intercourse and the HIV virus that can be moved into the partner’s body; especially if the wound tissue of the vagina or anus, or venereal disease. Adolescent girls are particularly vulnerable and at risk of HIV because the lining membrane of the vagina are thinner than those of adult females and susceptible to infection.
5. People with a greater risk of sexually transmitted diseases, HIV infection
Sexually transmitted diseases increase the risk of a person infected with HIV, and then transfer the infection to others if they frequently change partners. People with sexually transmitted diseases should seek treatment as soon as possible and in this period to avoid sexual intercourse or practice safer sex (using protection such as condoms). In fact, they should also inform the matter to the couple.
6. The risk of sexual transmission of HIV can be reduced
It can be achieved by not having sex if they are not infected just to have sex with the same partner or practice safe sex. Safer sex means sex without penetration (entry of the penis into the vagina) or using a condom. However, this method still may cut the risk for couples, condoms leak or break off if not used properly. The most secure is not even sex.
7. Individuals who inject drugs are at high risk of HIV infection
The HIV virus can be transmitted through dirty needles, and this is the most common among drug addicts. In addition to the HIV virus can also be moved if the use of razor blades, knives and other contaminated equipment (first used by individuals who have HIV).
8. Health worker or an HIV / Aids which can be contacted for testing and counseling
Anyone who suspects infected with HIV should contact a health worker or an HIV / AIDS such as the Malaysian AIDS Council in line 03-4045 1033 for testing, advice and counseling. You do not need to worry because all information is confidential.
9. The HIV virus is not transmitted through daily contact
These include shaking; hug; use the swimming pool or toilet the same; sharing bed sheets and pillowcases, telephones, furniture, tableware and food. In fact, the virus is not spread through coughing, sneezing or insect bites, including mosquitoes.
10. Every person is entitled to receive compassion and support
Regardless of anyone being infected with HIV or has AIDS; they are entitled to support and compassion. Discriminate against or exclude people with AIDS or HIV-infected individuals who are actually violating human rights. This is HIV AIDS facts that you should know.