AIDS and HIV Information


AIDS is a topic that many people are too frightened to even think about. Consequently, many people have distorted views of the disease or have a lack of general information regarding it. In this article, we’ll attempt to demystify some of the questions that people commonly have regarding the disease so that you’ll have a better idea of exactly what the HIV virus and AIDS are and what the disease can do to you.
Question: I have recently contracted the HIV virus. How long does it take for the virus to cause AIDS?|

Answer: While the exact length of time does tend to vary from individual to individual, it generally takes between eight and eleven years for a case of AIDS to be diagnosed after becoming infected with the HIV virus. Many of the medications that are available to treat AIDS work to slow down the progress of the HIV virus, so it is important to diagnose the problem early so that you can get a good head-start on the virus before it progresses too much.

Question: Where did AIDS come from?

Answer: While we don’t have all of the answers regarding the origin of the AIDS disease, there is a widely believed hypothesis that the disease was passed from a species of chimpanzee to humans. The disease probably crossed the species boundary by blood contact that occurred while hunting the animals.

Did You Know? 

In today’s enlightened world we know that AIDS is spread through direct contact with body fluids of people who have been infected with HIV.

You can get AIDS from practicing unsafe sex, from having multiple sexual partners, or born to or breast-fed from an HIV-positive woman. It is rare for someone to get AIDS by having a contaminated organ donation or from contact with unsanitary dental equipment.

You can be infected by sharing contaminated needles with other drug users, having sexually transmitted diseases or by having a contaminated blood transfusion before 1985.

The AIDS virus can go undetected for over ten years but it is destroying the immune system without your knowledge. Remember to be safe! You can get AIDS by both homosexual and heterosexual sexual activity.

Take precautions with all of your sexual partners. If you are a member of the medical profession, take extra precautions to not touch a patient’s bodily fluids.

Question: How is AIDS transmitted?

Answer: This is a question that many people wonder about but fail to learn about. The HIV virus can be transmitted from person to person by contact with the blood, semen, vaginal secretions or breast milk of the infected individual. Blood transfusions and sharing needles may cause one to develop AIDS, as well as many forms of sexual contact. Saliva, tears, sweat, feces, and urine do not carry the HIV virus, a fact that few people realize. The risk of transmitting the HIV virus during oral sex is low, yet still possible. Consequently, the risk of transmitting the virus through kissing is low, but generally not recommended. Mothers may spread the disease to their children, with the rate of infection being roughly 25 percent.

Question: How widespread is AIDS throughout the world?

Answer: Estimates that were made in the year of 2000 showed that approximately 36.1 million people throughout the world were living with AIDS. At that point, research had also shown that approximately 21.8 million people had died from the disease since it began spreading. The same study also showed some results for the number of AIDS cases present in the United States. Between eight hundred thousand and nine hundred thousand was the approximate range of people in the United States afflicted with the disease.


AIDS Facts

Aids and HIV is currently infecting more heterosexuals than homosexuals because the gay community has become far more aware of safer sex practices.

Practice safer sex if you have more than one sexual partner or if you are in a new relationship. Get yourself tested regularly.

Hopefully, this article taught you some useful information regarding the origins of the disease and the rates of infection across the world, as well as how you can avoid contracting the disease and how long it takes for the disease to progress from the HIV virus to full-blown AIDS.



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HIV and AIDS Information and Resources
World Health Organization’s AIDS Staging
History of AIDS Looking Closer at the HIV Virus and AIDS
Living With HIV and AIDS
Know the Basics about AIDS
What are the Causes of AIDS
Homeopathic Ways of Treating the AIDS Patient
AIDS and the Nervous System
Options If You Are HIV Positive
The AIDS Patient and Opportunistic Infections
Advanced Signs of the HIV Virus
Tests For the HIV Virus
Other Health Concerns For The AIDS Patient
Prayer And Spirituality Used In The Treatment Of AIDS
How To Prepare For Your AIDS Medical Appointment
Aids and Viral Complications
Parasitic Infections Common to HIV Patients
AIDS Related Lymphoma
Treating AIDS Related Lymphoma
Serious Complications Associated With The HIV Virus
White Blood Cells And AIDS
Neurological Complications Associated with AIDS
What To Do If You Think You Might Have Aids
New Developments In AIDS Research
Coping With Your AIDS Diagnosis
The Symptoms of HIV Infection
Education Is The Key To Stopping the AIDS Epidemic
The Emphasis Must Be On Prevention for HIV and AIDS
AIDS Medical Terms
Take An Active Role In Your AIDS Medical Treatment
Reducing The HIV Risk Factors
Keeping A Positive Outlook For AIDS Patients
Acupuncture To Relieve The Side Effects Of AIDS Treatment
A Healthy Lifestyle Can Help You Treat AIDS
AIDS Patients Are In It For Life
Basic AIDS Information
Do You Need To Let Everyone Know That You Are HIV Positive
Important Vitamins and Minerals for a Person with HIV
Treatments Available for the Patient with HIV or AIDS
Ways You Cannot Get The HIV Virus
Treatments Available for the HIV Positive Woman
Understanding the Basics of HIV
The United States AIDS Policy
Treatment Guidelines for the AIDS Patient
Treating Serious Illnesses in The AIDS Patient
HIV Transmission
How The HIV Virus Progresses
The Fear the AIDS Stigma Brings
I Tested Positive For the HIV Virus: What Now
How To Tell Other People You Are HIV Positive
Facts And Myths Regarding HIV Transmission
Some Recent Advances In The Fight Against AIDS
Preventive Measures You Can Take Concerning HIV Infection
Dates In AIDS History
The Impact of AIDS On MSM, Men Who Have Sex With Men
Dealing With Malnutrition For The HIV Infected Person
Know Your Personal HIV Risk Factors
Keeping Yourself AIDS Free
Are Condoms Effective As Protection Against AIDS Transmission
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Five Classes of Antiretroviral Drugs for Treating AIDS
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The Staggering AIDS Statistics
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