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Tips to Prevent HIV Infection

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What is HIV?

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) when left untreated, HIV can lead to the disease AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). The human body cannot get rid of HIV. Once you have HIV, you have it for life.

HIV affects specific cells of the immune system, called CD4 cells, or T cells. Over time, if left untreated, HIV destroys the immune system and the body can’t fight against infections and diseases. However, with proper medical care, HIV can be controlled.

What is AIDs?

AIDS is the final stage of HIV infection, and not everyone who has HIV advances to this stage. With AIDS your immune system is badly damaged and you become vulnerable to infections.

 

What are the transmission modes?

Transmission through:

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Transfusion of infected blood

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The sharing of infected needles

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The exchange of bodily fluids, as in sexual intercourse and

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From mother to child during pregnancy and birth.

What are preventive measures?

A number of effective tools help prevent the transmission of HIV. It can be prevented by avoiding the transmission modes referred above and the most effective way of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT).

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Adequate antenatal care during pregnancy

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Testing for HIV and

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Get tested for HIV

How can it be treated?

Antiretroviral therapy or ART prevents the breakdown of the immune system and also transmission of the virus by 97 percent according to a study.

Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.

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