What the most common question people have about AIDS and HIV

World AIDS Day: What the most common question people have about AIDS and HIV

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Today AIDS is spreading out like an epidemic. There are no parts of the world where this disease has not shown its dark side. In the beginning of the twentieth century, the disease was transferred from chimpanzees to humans. Even today there has been no possible cure for this deadly disease. However, there are many questions and doubts in the minds of people about HIV and AIDS as the subject of AIDS is considered to be a taboo. So let’s remove the questions and know all about this problem. (Also read: World AIDS day: What is major difference between HIV and AIDS)

AIDS
AIDS means Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. It is a viral-based disease. The HIV virus is responsible for this problem. In this condition, the virus HIV can weaken the immune system. It harms the immune system so much that the body falls prey to any form of foreign attack.

HIV
HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. This is the virus that is responsible for AIDS. This virus is spread from individual to individual via blood, using shared needles and sexual contact.

What is the difference between HIV and AIDS?
The most basic thing to understand is that AIDS is not the cause, it is a disease which is the result of HIV infection. It is the last stage of HIV infection in which the body’s immune system fails completely. The most noted difference between HIV and AIDS is that HIV is a virus that is responsible for HIV infection, whereas AIDS is the last stage of HIV infection. (Also read: World AIDS day: How To Live A happy Life With HIV)

In what duration the HIV turns into AIDS?
It varies from person to person. Every person has a different way of living and eating. This difference can change a lot of things. There have been plenty of development in this field and as a result, people can delay the time between HIV and AIDS. As of now, there is no fixed ‘duration’.

Why is AIDS treated so seriously?
As of now, there is no possible cure for AIDS. Due to which most people suffering from this disease lose their life early. The major route for AIDS transmission is sexual contact, which is still a taboo issue when it comes to discussion. So, there is a lot of misconception about the disease.

Is there any vaccine or cure for AIDS?
The answer is no. This is what makes the issue so deadly. There is no vaccine or treatment for AIDS as it destroys your immune system. The only option is to reduce the duration of turning the HIV into AIDS.

How can you protect yourself from AIDS?

There are many things that you can do to save yourself from HIV and AIDS.

  • Know your partner’s sexual health status. It is important to be vigilant about your partner’s health.
  • Always have protected sex. The protection is extremely useful in case of sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Don’t share syringe. Always insist on using a new syringe in case of blood donation or vaccination. Avoid drug use, as it is hard to maintain safety then. (Also read: World AIDS Day: Know about the symptoms and treatment of HIV in children)
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