The Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV, is among the most common and most feared sexually-transmitted diseases today. It is caused by a virus that attacks the immune system. If not detected and treated right away, it can lead to a person's death.
There are many ways to contract HIV. Here are some of the most common methods of transmission:
Getting into contact with HIV-infected blood can put you at risk of contracting the infection. For example, if you use a needle or syringe already used by another person who has HIV, you can get the virus after using the same needle or syringe. Another example is when you receive blood transfusion and the blood you got was HIV-infected.
The exchange of bodily fluids during sex can also be a way for the HIV to spread. Whether you engage in oral, anal, or vaginal sex, there is a chance that the virus can travel from one person to another through these acts. HIV can be spread via male-to-male sex, female-to-male, male-to-female, and female-to-female.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Pregnant women who have HIV can pass the infection on to their babies during pregnancy or upon delivery and breastfeeding. So, pregnant women are advised to undergo HIV testing to detect the virus and treat the disease immediately to avoid passing on the infection.
Test for HIV using rapid HIV test kits by STD Rapid Test Kits. In just 15 minutes, you can get a highly accurate and reliable test result.