AIDS and HIV Information
 

I Tested Positive For
The HIV Virus: What Now?

Testing positive does not necessarily mean that you will go on to have full blown-out AIDS the disease right away. What it does mean is that you have been exposed to and have contracted the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and that your body is manufacturing antibodies to fight the foreign virus. These antibodies are special molecules that have the purpose of fighting off the HIV in your system.

A medical professional will do a blood test to look for the presence of these antibodies in your blood stream. If the test shows that you indeed have these antibodies in your blood stream you will be told that you are HIV positive.

Being HIV positive and having the disease is NOT the same thing. Persons can remain HIV positive for years and not have any symptoms of the AIDS disease. As time goes on and the HIV continues to remain in your bodies the antibodies become tired of fighting the HIV and your immune system will start to wear down. As the immune system becomes more ineffective at fighting viruses, parasites, fungi and bacteria that invades your body; eventually these foreign invaders start to win over your body's defenses and symptoms of illness will show up. This is what is called "opportunistic infections" because they take this opportunity to invade and win over your body's defenses.

So, you don't really "get aids" per se’, so much as it develops over time after the initial HIV infection. You may not even realize that you have been infected by a sexual partner until years later when you start to exhibit symptoms and are tested for HIV antibodies. Those who are HIV positive do not necessarily look sick or wear a sign proclaiming that they are HIV positive nor do they unfortunately tell you if they know that they are HIV positive. This is why it is so important to not partake of high-risk situations that will expose you to the danger of HIV infection.

Did You Know? 

Homeopathic medicine is another form of alternative treatment plans that are available to the AIDS patient. Many doctors who treat AIDS patients have had success with combining conventional and homeopathic medicines. Alternative methods of treatment are becoming more accepted in the medical world especially for patients with AIDS.

The conventional medical world should not ignore these alternative ways of treatment. Patients with AIDS may insist on trying other methods of treatment while still taking conventional AIDS drugs.

Alternative treatments have been proven to give some patients a better quality of life while being treated for AIDS. Patients with HIV or AIDS should take an active role in the treatment of their disease.

Don’t be complacent or allow others to make critical decisions in your treatment. Work with your medical team and find a group that will help you if you decide to use homeopathic treatments as well as conventional drugs.



These high-risk activities are:

Multiple same sex or opposite sexual intercourse

Open mouth kissing or "french kissing"

Having sex with individuals that you do not know (stranger are less likely to share if they are HIV positive or not)

Sharing used needles when shooting up drugs because you run the risk of someone using the needle before you who is HIV positive.

Their moms can infect infants either before or during the birth process or while breast-feeding. These are the innocent victims of AIDS, babies who are born to a lifetime of dealing with this progressive disease.



HIV and AIDS disease cannot be cured. HIV/AIDS is not strictly a "gay disease". Everyone is at risk no matter what their sexual preferences are because the HIV virus can be transmitted by way of blood-to-blood contact (rare by still minutely possible especially in underdeveloped countries), by sharing of used needles or by participating in unsafe sex. HIV cannot be spread by merely sitting on the toilet seat after someone who has the HIV virus or by touching doorknobs after them or by hugging or holding hands or by being kissed on the cheek or by kissing HIV infected persons on their cheek.

 

AIDS Facts

If you have been diagnosed with HIV find a good support group or private counselor. Your family and friends may be trying to cope with their own emotions and are not able to help with your needs.

A support group of others in your situation will help you to understand each stage of your disease.



Now that you know what is considered high-risk activities and what is not, you can take appropriate precautions. If you have already participated in a high-risk activity, getting tested immediately to see if you are HIV positive is the smartest and healthiest thing you can do. Is it easier to treat or prevent the HIV infection, of course it is far easier to prevent the HIV infection.

 

 

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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
Juicings Possible Benefits To The Person With HIV
What Are The Initial Signs and Symptoms of HIV Infections
AIDS Faqs
Five Classes of Antiretroviral Drugs for Treating AIDS
Dietary Needs And The HIV Patient
Misconceptions About AIDS
Oh No I have AIDS
The Staggering AIDS Statistics
Exercise May Boost Your Imune System
Aids And The Toll On Families
Immunization Needs For Adult AIDS Patients
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome: The Basic Facts
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