An HIV-positive man from Kendal was jailed after he knowingly passed on the virus to his partner.

45-year-old Alan Mason has known he is infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus for five years now, but he did not inform his sexual partner about his condition when they started a sexual relationship. According to Mason, he only informed his female partner about his disease when she started to feel sick. Mason was sent to jail for two years and eight months for admitting putting the 39-year-old woman in serious harm and danger.

How HIV spreads

HIV is a serious sexually-transmitted disease that has several millions of victims today. It can infect men, women, adults, and even the young ones. It is caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus that is usually passed on from one person to another through unprotected sexual intercourse, sharing of used paraphernalia when injecting drugs into the body, from an infected mother to her baby, and exposure to infected blood.

Testing and treatment

To be able to detect the virus, one should undergo an HIV test. A blood sample is taken from the patient to find traces of HIV antibodies and accurately make a diagnosis. HIV does not always trigger symptoms, but when it does, its usual signs are very similar to flu.

Today, there are antiretroviral treatments available to control and manage the spread of the virus inside the body.