HIV and AIDS
- HIV – Human Immunodeficiency Virus
- AIDS – Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
HIV is caused by a virus the attacks and weakens a person’s immune system. If it is not treated and managed right away, it can progress to AIDS, which is the final stage of the infection and can lead to death.
There are several millions of people that live with HIV/AIDS today, and many of them are located in the poorest countries of the world. Its prevalence there is due to lack of information and education on how this infection can be avoided and prevented from spreading.
Those who have been tested positive for HIV/AIDS should receive the appropriate treatment in order to manage the virus. These medications can slow down the spread of the virus and stop it from replicating and damaging the important bodily cells and organs.
HIV can cause a lot of harm and injury, so early detection and diagnosis is a must. If it is left untreated, it can strike not only the immune system but also other parts of the body. It can also open up the body to other diseases since the immune system is weakened and unable to fight off these illnesses at its full strength.
Testing for HIV should be done regularly and routinely.