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All About Hiv

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What is HIV/AIDS

HIV means Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It’s a virus that attacks the immune system resulting a illness that leaves people venerable to infections and cancer. When the body is no longer is fighting the infection, the disease knows as AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). It usually takes about 10 year to get AIDS form the initial HIV infections.

Signs and symptoms

Some early symptoms of HIV are when your body begins to form antibodies to the virus between six to three months after the infection. Some early symptoms of HIV are flu- like symptoms. For example: fever, rash, muscles aches and swollen lymph nodes and glands. As the infection grows people with HIV will get infection and illness that doesn’t normally occur in people that does not have HIV. Some symptoms are: Fever and/or night sweats, easy bruising, Extreme exhaustion, and Body rashes, Purplish lesions on the skin or inside mouth, sudden weight loss, and chronic diarrhea lasting for a month or more. If someone have HIV/AIDS they are more likely to get different disease. Some of the disease could be Kaposi's sarcoma, pulmonary tuberculosis, Candidacies of the esophagus, trachea, bronchi or lungs, Toxoplasmosis of the brain, severe bacterial infections, Invasive cervical cancer, and Lymphoma.


There are three main ways that people can get HIV/AIDS. First one is Blood Transmission. Second one is Sexual Transmission, and the third one is by Mother-to-child transmission. People can get HIV through blood transmission by touching someone’s blood that has HIV. To prevent getting HIV most people take the nettle exchange. Needle exchange programs shows that it reduces new HIV infection without drug use. Needle exchange programs distribute clean needles and safely dispose of used ones, and also offer related services such as drug treatment centers and HIV counseling and testing. Health Care workers take a risk of running into HIV through infected blood. Some Health Care workers that take risk are: Doctors, Nurses, Dentists, Clinical/ Nonclinical Laboratory Worker, Housekeeper, Health aide, Morgue Technician, Surgical/Nonsurgical Physicians, Dialysis Technician, Respiratory Therapist and Emergency Medical Technician. People could get HIV/AIDS from Sexual Transmission. There are three good ways to prevent sexual transmission is by not having sex, Be faithful with your partner and by using condoms. Another way to get HIV/AIDS are from mother-to-child transmission. This means that if your mother has HIV that means that you will also get HIV because it’s genetic.

How You Know You have HIV

If people want to know if they have HIV/AIDS they can go to the doctor to check if you have HIV/AIDS. They will do some test if you have HIV/AIDS. Another way to find out if you have HIV/AIDS is by doing the HIV Test. HIV Test is the best way for you and your partner of knowing that if they have HIV/AIDS. Some reason why people should take the HIV/AIDS Test is: Knowing your health protects you, knowing your health allows you to make important decisions and to have a healthy lifestyle. Another thing people can do is get a blood test. By taking a blood test is confirms weather the person have HIV/AIDS or not. They confirm if they have HIV/AIDS by checking if there are any antibodies against HIV are present.