What is AIDS?


AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. 


What causes AIDS?


AIDS is caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV. It affects the person’s immune system and weakens it. As a result, an individual becomes unable to protect himself or herself against other bacteria, fungi, yeasts, and germs.

 


How is AIDS transmitted?


AIDS is transmitted from one person to another in different ways. 


1. A pregnant woman that has HIV/AIDS can pass it on to her child through the food nutrients and blood exchanged between them while inside the uterus or through breastfeeding. 


2. A person who engages in unprotected sex is also very prone to being infected with it. 


3. Men and women who sleep around and have casual sex all the time are likely to get infected.


4. Fluid transmission, blood transfusion, semen, breast milk, and vaginal fluid can also transmit AIDS. 


How common is AIDS?


AIDS is considered a pandemic. According to reports, about four million people are documented to contract AIDS every year.
What are the symptoms of AIDS?


The most common signs and symptoms of AIDS are fever, swollen glands, influenza, and night sweats. It is also typical for a victim to suffer from weight loss, exhaustion, and chills. 


It is highly encouraged to get an HIV test regularly, if you are sexually active. Testing for HIV early on can help detect and diagnose the infection right away so as to find the best possible treatment plan to avoid the spread of the virus inside your body and to other people.