AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. It is a fatal disease that has no known cure as of this moment. It has affected millions of people around the world and continues to take away lives, regardless of age, gender, nationality, race, or religion.
How is AIDS Spread?
There are several ways to contract AIDS, and they are the following:
- Having unprotected sex with an HIV or AIDS infected person
- Using contaminated needles or syringes
- Pregnant mother who is AIDS positive passes on the disease to her child
Misconceptions about AIDS
There are many misconceptions about how AIDS is transmitted. Because the AIDS virus is present in a person’s fluids, it does not mean that being in contact with the fluids of an AIDS patient will automatically infect you with AIDS. For example, shaking hands or hugging an AIDS patient will not make you sick with AIDS. Neither will be using a comb and other things that belong to an AIDS patient.
A long time ago, when AIDS was first discovered, doctors thought AIDS only infected homosexuals. The reason for this was the earliest AIDS cases reported involved homosexuals. This belief spread around and was accepted to be the truth. But not too long after that, AIDS patients that are straight males and females came up, thus debunking their belief about AIDS being exclusive to homosexuals.
How to Avoid Contracting AIDS
In order to not get AIDS, one should practice safe sex methods. Avoid having sex with a person who has AIDS. Also, always use protection when having sex, especially with multiple partners.
Those that suspect that they have AIDS are encouraged to get tested for AIDS immediately. AIDS is a disease that weakens the immune system, so a person who is infected with it will become incapable of fighting off viruses and bacteria that will attack his or her body. AIDS has no treatment so people who have acquired it are going to face their deaths in no time.
AIDS is a serious type of illness that more people should be aware of. It causes several complications until the body is no longer able to function properly. It continues to create havoc around the world, especially in the poorer areas of the world. There are many STD clinics and medical facilities everywhere so it is best that everyone should take their part in contributing to help stop the spread of AIDS. Get tested for AIDS and help spread the word around.
AIDS awareness and other information dissemination programs are available in order to help people who are clueless about how destructive this infection can be.