Do you know that HIV can be transmitted in the following ways:
- From an HIV-positive woman to her baby?
- Through unprotected anal, oral, or vaginal sexual intercourse?
- Through receiving/transfusion of HIV-infected blood?
- Through the sharing of needles/paraphernalia when injecting drugs into the body?
Now that you know that these are common ways to transmit HIV, you should be prepared and vigilant to protect yourself against this deadly infection. HIV can spread very fast, and before you know it, the virus has already gotten into your body and you are experiencing symptoms already.
Why is it important to detect HIV?
Detecting HIV is very important because knowing that the virus is in your body will be enough reason for you to get treated. Testing for HIV is the best way to detect the virus since it can tell us how severe the disease has become, and how the person’s antibodies are responding.
HIV is a medical condition that we should not just ignore, and we have to help everyone who is at risk for it.
Methods of detecting HIV
There are many methods of HIV testing and screening. Two of the most popular and widely-used testing procedures are called the Western Blot Tests and the ELISA. They have been used by medical professionals for years now, and they have proven to be precise and reliable.
Another method used to test and detect HIV is called the Radioimmunoprecipitation Assay, or RIPA. It utilizes a special type of equipment to diagnose a person. It is a bit expensive and only medical experts or lab professionals are allowed to conduct it.
Another HIV testing/screening procedure is called the Rapid Latex Agglutination Assay, which is very common in the developing nations because it is a lot more affordable than the other methods. It requires a person's blood sample.
HIV has already taken the lives of a many people worldwide. We can minimize the casualties by spreading awareness and information about it.