Today, December 1st, World AIDS Day, is a good time to increase your knowledge about this deadly disease. Read on.
A person is said to be HIV Positive when he is inflicted with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Although HIV and AIDS are believed to be synonymous, the fact is that a person who is HIV Positive does not automatically have AIDS. The full form of AIDS is Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Thus, a person
has AIDS only when the Virus causes serious damage to his immune
system. He can fall sick easily and is susciptable to numerous
diseases, some of which can lead to death.
There are, however, ways to prevent yourself from falling ill
and from delaying the weakening of immunity, which is why people who
areHIV Positive can still go on to lead normal lives. However, even though they may manage to cope with the virus, an HIV Positive person may infect someone else who then falls victim to AIDS.
How can you get AIDS?
There are only four ways through which the HIV Virus can get transmitted from one person to another:
It is possible to get AIDS from blood transfusion through an infected
needle. This is why people who require regular blood transfusions are
especially susceptible to AIDS. Similarly, body piercing with an
infected needle, or injecting drugs with an infected needle also leads
to AIDS. Thus needles should never be shared, and always insist on a
Semen and Vaginal Secretions
The most common form of getting this disease is through
unprotected sexual intercourse. Most parents presume that their teenage
children are not indulging in sexual behaviour, and as a result they
don't counsel them against the dangers of having unprotected
intercourse. Let your child know that you disapprove of him or her
having sex, but at the same time, make sure they are fully aware of the
dangers of unprotected sex. Being on the pill does not provide
protection from sexually transmitted diseases. A condomn does, since it
prevents semen from entering the vagina and it prevents contact with
vaginal secretions. A male can also get infected if he has sex with a
woman who isHIV positive
, so teach your son to always, always wear a condomn, and tell your
daughter that if she ever decides to have sex, she should insist that
her partner wear a condomn.
Contrary to popular misconception, oral sex is NOT safe sex. You CAN get AIDS through oral sex. Even a person receiving oral sex can get infected with the HIV virus if the person 'giving head' is HIV positive
and suffers from bleeding gums. Although theoretically the chance of
this happening is very slight, it is possible and has been known to
AIDS is also transmitted from an infected mother to her newborn, when breastfeeding.
AIDS does not spread through kissing, casual physical contact,
hugging, sharing utensils, eating 'jhutha', sharing towels or clothes
or mosquito bites.
If you suspect that your husband may not always be faithful to
you, you should insist that he wear a condomn when having sex. Also, go
in for regular blood tests.