HIV is a virus that everyone in the world needs to know about. If awareness about HIV is increased, the likelihood of the virus spreading becomes lower as people will be aware of the consequences if they do not take preventive measures to avoid being infected with HIV. HIV is a disease that is contracted through sexual intercourse with a person who already has the virus or through the use of a dirty, shared needle for drug use. AIDS is a possibility for anyone who has HIV but it is not exactly certain that you will get AIDS if you have HIV. So long as you follow an effective treatment program religiously, the virus should be slowed down enough for it not to progress to its final stage. Diagnosing and testing for HIV is extremely important, as you should evaluate yourself for a test if you suspect that you may have HIV. Over a million people in America back in 2010 had HIV and 10 percent of this population wasn't even aware that they had HIV.

How HIV Works Through A Person's Body

HIV is a disease that weakens the immune system of a person to the point where a person may have fatal consequences from minor complications such as small open wounds or minor flu infections. HIV cells are found in a person's blood and sexual semen and vaginal secretions. These fluids are usually transferred through sexual intercourse, whether it is of the same sex or it is heterosexual. Sharing used needles for drug use or tattooing may also be a method of transferring the virus.

The Symptoms Of HIV

HIV symptoms are actually quite subtle, as a person who has HIV may not even notice that he or she has HIV because the symptoms often don't show up until a long period of time. When the symptoms do appear, they usually come in the form of unexplained fevers, sudden weight loss, and constant fatigue. The only method to measure how severe the disease is in a person's body is by counting the number of CD4 cells in their body. CD4 cells are naturally produced by the body to fight off the HIV virus. If the person has a very low number of CD4 cells, it is possible that the virus may have reached its final stage. Certain illnesses may also suddenly pop up and may be a sign of the presence of AIDS. Some of the illnesses include a rare type of skin cancer called Kaposi's sarcoma, tuberculosis, cryptococcosis and a rare type of pneumonia that is currently known as pneumocystis pneumonia.

The Final Verdict

Back in the early 1980's, HIV was almost certain to be a fatal disease to anyone that happened to acquire it. But now in this modern day and age, doctors and medicine have found a way to slow the virus down so much so that a person with HIV may even live a long, normal and healthy life despite the presence of the virus. A person with HIV is more likely to live longer if he or she seeks medical treatment for their condition as soon as it is discovered.