HIV / AIDS

  1. Different Types of HIV Tests

    If you had unprotected sex and you think you are at risk of getting HIV infection, you need to get tested immediately. Treatment of HIV can be a lot easier if detected earlier. There are two tests that can be done, an antibody screening test and antigen test. Antibody screening test The antibody screening test, also known as immunoassay test is a process wherein it will check if the body is producing antibodies to fight the HIV infection. It... →Continue reading
  2. HIV Stigma – Before and Today

    When HIV was first diagnosed and was categorized as a sexually transmitted infection, people who had it were discriminated. The stigma that the disease brings led to more people with infection to just hide and avoid treatment altogether. Among the results of HIV stigma back then were: Avoiding treatment Fear of violence Discourages people to seek treatment and come out Discourages people to be honest with their partners, even with their families Families disown their relatives with HIV It... →Continue reading
  3. Australia's HIV Statistics Would Blow Your Mind

    Australia is a relatively crime-free country but unfortunately, she could not hold her fort against the scourge of HIV. Below are part of the HIV statistics in the country based on Kimberly Institute’s summary of 2015 from the HIV surveillance report. These stats talk about real human beings and calls for caution among folks at-risk of contracting the disease. From 1984 to 2015 there were 36,171 cases of HIV in Australia with more males infected than females. Cases of... →Continue reading
  4. How HIV Is Diagnosed

    If you suspect a possibility of being infected with HIV, you can now do a home test, meaning there is no need to drive to the nearest hospital anymore.  HIV tests aim to check the presence of HIV in your body through blood or saliva. HIV tests can be done by checking for HIV antigen that develops after 12 weeks after contracting the virus. HIV Home Test To do a home test for HIV antigen, you start by swabbing... →Continue reading
  5. What Are Some HIV Testing Methods?

    There are different methods that can be used to test for HIV. Each of these procedures possesses features that make them more attractive to certain people, and they all promise reliability and efficiency in terms of HIV detection. Why you should test for HIV regularly Health professionals and medical officials everywhere increasingly support routine HIV testing as a technique of examining personal overall health and managing the spread of HIV. Bear in mind, HIV can survive on its host... →Continue reading
  6. HIV And Aging

    A Significant Public Health Concern Since the late 1990s with the development of HAARP (highly active anti-retroviral therapy), today HIV is considered a severe chronic condition that is pretty well managed.  People who start HAARP early can anticipate living another 30 or 50 years and some well into old age. This creates a significant health concern as many of these people who are HIV develop other chronic illnesses like heart disease, kidney disease, or cognitive impairments tens of years... →Continue reading
  7. The HIV Statistics In Canada Is Becoming A Concern

    Known for her abundance of maple trees, Canada is a North American country with the world’s second largest land mass. She is a high-income country and enjoys a sound public healthcare system. That is the reason it hurts to discuss HIV in Canada – sounds more like an inconsistency. The human immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV) is a worldwide epidemic, cutting across nations of the world with no respect for regions or ethnicity. The good news is, when compared with the... →Continue reading
  8. YMSM (Young Men Who Have Sex With Men) And HIV Risks

    There are a lot of teenagers and young adults who are still at risk of getting infected with HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, especially in the USA. Statistics show that 38,739 people living in the USA have been new victims of this dangerous and life-threatening infection in 2017. About 20% of them were YMSM or young men who have sex with men, primarily African American population, who are at really high risk of getting infected with HIV virus. The... →Continue reading
  9. HIV And The African American Population

    The fact is that the African American population is among the ones who most get affected by HIV infection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2017, blacks/African Americans accounted for 13% of the USA population but 43% (16,694) of the 38,739 new HIV diagnoses in the United States and dependent areas. Most of the people affected by the HIV virus in the African American population are gay and bisexual, and the population accounts for a... →Continue reading
  10. HIV In Correctional Institutions

    In the USA in 2018, there are more than two million prisoners in jails all across the country. As they are incarcerated, they are also at high risk of getting infected with HIV and spreading it onto others in that same environment. Prisoners in correctional facilities have a lot of health problems and issues, which, apart from HIV, include getting infected with other sexually transmitted diseases, as well as hepatitis and tuberculosis. Most of these people get infected with... →Continue reading

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