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World Aids Day

World Aids Day

World Aids Day – 1st December

World aids day is fast approaching and there are still so many people who don’t know all that much about the illness. We think it is extremely important that everyone knows all about this, whilst (if you’re careful) it is unlikely you will be affected by this, it still could happen to anyone. It is hard to define ‘being careful’ when it comes to this too, as there are a number of different ways you might be affected.

This is why we want to tell you the basics about the illness, this way you will not only have some insight on the subject, but will also know exactly what you do if you should be unfortunate enough to catch it or if you want to avoid it in every way you can. We understand the importance in this and so, this article will help to explain this to you as much as possible.

What is more, is the disease does affect others around you, and if someone is HIV positive then this will affect their families, possibly past partners, friends and so many others in many ways. There really is so much to listen to and this can be quite daunting. This article is designed to help you understand what the first things you should do are and should help you be less worried about it as a whole.

How are HIV and AIDS different & how is it spread?How are HIV and AIDS different & how is it spread?

The main difference or the best way to understand the difference between these; is the fact that HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. AIDS is the condition diagnosed in an individual when one tests positive for HIV. So, how do you know you might have it? When do you know you might need to go for a test? Well there are several ways to catch it unfortunately, but it is important you are clear on what they are….

HIV is spread when infected bodily fluid enters the bloodstream of a person that is not HIV positive. Both men and women can spread the disease so there is no point in counting yourself out thinking it’s a gender thing. Also, the risk of infection mainly depends on the type of exposure and the amount of virus in the infected bodily fluids.

The different ways of being infected;

  • Sexual intercourse; this includes anal, oral, and vaginal. If you use protection you have a much better chance of not being infected. The protections that will work for this are male or female condoms.
  • The virus can be spread via many different bodily fluids such as; blood, preseminal fluid, semen, and vaginal fluid.
  • So since blood is included in that list, sharing of needles or syringes can also be a cause for infection. This may be result of many different things such as the use or injection of drugs, dirty needles for tattooing or body piercing.
  • Throughout pregnancy the virus can be passed on through; birth, breastfeeding. The disease can be passed over by the mother before or after the baby is born.

A briefing of how HIV works…

So what to do is fairly obvious to begin with, always have a test and do it quick! Results can sometimes take a while to be processed and sent back to you, so the quicker the better. If you do act quickly and it does come up positive, then you will have a much better chance of the treatment being a success.

We hope this has cleared a few things up for you and has stopped you worrying about things. If you’re still worried about something then the easiest way to seek help is through visiting the Chyps Plus Website and getting in contact with us.