What is HIV?
HIV is the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, a virus that attacks our immune system and leads to different health complications. A person infected with the virus will suffer from damaged body organs, cells, and tissues, and becomes immune deficient.
How can one get HIV?
A man or a woman can contract HIV in different ways:
- sharing of used syringes or needles with an HIV
- unprotected sexual intercourse
- receiving infected blood through transfusion
- from an HIV
-positive pregant woman to her child
When does AIDS happen?
A person who suffers from HIV is in danger of developing AIDS eventually, as AIDS is the final stage of HIV.
AIDS, or the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, is triggers more severe symptoms, infections, and other complications.
How is HIV/AIDS detected?
There are different HIV screening tests available to detect HIV --- blood tests, swab tests, oral tests, and urine tests. These tests look for traces of HIV antibodies produced by the immune system to battle the virus. If a person gets a positive test result, he or she should immediately consult a doctor to know the best treatment plan to administer.