Wednesday, December 2, 2009

World AIDS Day

1st December is the World AIDS Day. AIDS is one of these ugly diseases that can be easily prevented by knowing some basic information about it. Here is some basic information about AIDS.

  • What is AIDS?
AIDS stands for "Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome". A person is diagnosed with AIDS when their immune system is too weak to fight off infections.
Since AIDS was first identified in the early 1980s, an unprecedented number of people have been affected by the global AIDS epidemic. Today, there are an estimated 33.4 million people living with HIV/AIDS and each year around two million people die from AIDS-related illnesses.

  • What is the Cause of AIDS?
AIDS is caused by HIV.
HIV is a virus that gradually attacks immune system cells. As HIV progressively damages these cells, the body becomes more vulnerable to infections, which it will have difficulty in fighting off.  It is at the point of very advanced HIV infection that a person is said to have AIDS. It can be years before HIV has damaged the immune system enough for AIDS to develop.
  •  How you get HIV/AIDS? 
As HIV is a virus that lives and reproduces in blood and other fluids in the body. Transmission of these bodily fluids from one person to another can cause infection. HIV can be transmitted through sexual contact, sharing needles, or occupational exposure. Fluids that are known to contain high concentrations of HIV include:
  1. Blood
  2. Semen
  3. Breast milk
  4. Vaginal fluids
  5. Rectal mucous
  • How can you protect yourself against HIV/AIDS?
 There are hundred ways anyone can get with AIDS through, so there are plenty of things you can do.
 The highest reason of getting infected with AIDS is sexual contact, I pre-marriage tests for AIDS is essential for both partners. Also having regular test after marriage is also essential.

 As Blood is one of the fluids that can transmit HIV, then avoid avoid touching mouth that has sores with your bare hands (especially for detests) and bleeding gum. Be careful while dealing with cuts and sores, even among your family as you don't know who may be infected among them. During your blood tests and getting injected for any reason, make sure that the needle is only used by you. Needles can easily transmit HIV for you.
 Healthy skin is an excellent barrier against HIV and other viruses and bacteria. HIV cannot enter the body through unbroken skin.

Finally, I hope you all can spread the word among everyone you know during this week. It won't take much effort. Believe me, an hour before I started writing this post, I didn't know half of this information. It is only an hour that may save your life and the ones you love.

Remember all, this week is "Red Ribbon Week", I am having red ribbon as my pictures for all my online accounts, it would be nice if you have one too. You can find a picture online, it is everywhere :D 

 Here are some links I read and quoted from in this blog:
The official site for AIDS:
The official site for World AIDS Day:
Avert HIV and AIDS site:

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