AIDS/HIV. The very sound of the term scare some and can make them cringe. Is this disease curable? There are so many diseases around the world but there is no cure for only one disease and that is AIDS/HIV. This perfect name for this disease is that “IT KILLS“. In 2016, it was responsible for 2.5 million deaths all over the world. More than 5.5 million people are affected by this deadly virus. Rather than diminishing the deadly situation we are multiplying it. This particular situation needs to be stopped.
What Is AIDS/HIV and its symptoms?
AIDS/HIV refers to “acquired immune deficiency syndrome” and “human immunodeficiency virus“. It is a condition caused by infection, In which a person experience illness for a long time or may not notice any symptoms for a long period of a time.
- This infection interferes with the immune system and increases the chances of tumors and tuberculosis.
- These symptoms are simply referred to as AIDS.
- This stage also leads to weight loss.
HIV is commonly spread because of contaminated blood transfusions, mother to child during pregnancy, unprotected sex or breastfeeding.
Needle exchange programs, safe sex, male circumcision and treating infected ones are some of the methods which can be used to prevent it. Antiretroviral medication can be given to both mother and child to prevent disease in a baby.
Is this disease curable ?
There is no cure for this deadly disease, but antiretroviral treatment can be done to live a normal life. Treatment should be done as soon as the diagnosis is made otherwise the survival time after infection is about 11 years. In 2016, around 37 million people were infected and resulted in 1 million deaths. It is considered a pandemic– a condition which is actively spreading over a large area. It is believed that it have originated in central Africa during early 20
How is it originated ?
It is believed that it has originated in central Africa during early 20th century and was first recognized by the United States. This disease has shown a great impact on society both as discrimination and illness. AIDS also has many economic impacts. It is believed by many people that AIDS/HIV can be transferred by nonsexual contact. It has also become a subject of controversy in the church to stop supporting condom use as prevention. After its identification, it has attracted large scale funding, political attention as well as international medical.
How to Prevent AIDS/HIV?
There are many ways to prevent this diseases. You can use many ways to protect yourself from AIDS/HIV. The best ways are mentioned below.
- The best way is to share needles if use hormones, steroids or any other drugs and abstain from sexual intercourse. According to a recent study, millions of people are infected by sharing needles. It is important to get into a needle exchange program and disinfect the needle you use.
- You must avoid using personal items that have blood on them such as razors, needles for tattooing, toothbrushes and blades for any purpose.
- It is better to have a safe sex to reduce the chances of semen, exchanging blood or vaginal fluids. Some kinds of sex are safer because they have a low risk of infection. It is essential not to take a high risk which may lead to this deadly disease.
- It is highly recommended to use prevention such as condoms to reduce the chances of HIV. The risk of HIV can be reduced by 80 percent.
There is no treatment available to cure this disease only antiretroviral therapy can be done to slow the progression of the disease. In 2010, around 7 million people were found taking this therapy in both low and middle-income countries. An individual must not take the symptoms of AIDS/HIV very lightly and should consult a doctor as early as possible.
- #Note: Consult a doctor in case you are unable to manage the health issues on your own.
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