Keeping Yourself AIDS Free
AIDS is a type of disease that is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus. The HIV virus, as it is sometimes
known, can be passed on through a multitiude of ways. The disease has no cure, and many people who have it
will live a lessened life due to the disease’s disastrous effects on the body.
In this article, we’ll offer some tips that can be helpful when it comes to keeping the HIV virus out of your
First and foremost, you need to be as careful as you can when it comes to sexual activity. Most cases of HIV
transmission occur due to irresponsible sexual behavior.
When you are considering sexual activity with a partner, be sure that they can show you the results of an HIV
You can’t be too careful, and no one is safe from the disease. Also, whenever you participate in an act of
vaginal or anal sex, be sure to wear a condom. Condoms are the only proven method of blocking the transmission of
the disease and they are therefore highly recommended when engaging in sexual practices with anyone.
Did You Know?
Since 1981 when the HIV and Aids was first recognized as something new in the
medical world, researchers and scientists have been working to learn as much about the new disease
So far they have determined the virus is spread by contact with another
contaminated person’s body fluids. This could be through contact with blood, semen, and vaginal
Once the body has the HIV virus it begins to produce more HIV particles and these
begin attacking the T-cells. The T-cells or CD4 cells burst and that allows the virus to enter the
bloodstream and invade other cells. You should already know the difference between HIV and AIDS.
HIV is a subgroup of retroviruses that cause AIDS.
The virus kills cells in the body’s immune system and progressively destroys the
body’s ability to fight infections. This inability to fight off infections also affects some
cancers too. HIV gradually gets worse until the body is no longer able to fight off the infections
and other bacteria that would normally not make people sick.
These opportunistic infections will attack the body and could be potentially life
threatening. AIDS is the acronym for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. It was first recognized in
New York City in 1981. The virus was isolated and identified in 1983, but it wasn’t until 1985 that
a diagnostic test was developed to test for the disease.
Once you have been tested and found to be HIV positive your treatment begins. It may not be conventional
drugs, but you start treating the disease with your attitude and life style. Living healthy, getting enough
rest, and taking care not to expose yourself to infectious diseases can keep you healthier, longer. After the
early diagnosis for HIV you may want to find a counselor or support group that will help you deal with the emotions
that go with this disease. It is your choice of which people you tell, but you will have more support if you
tell your family and loved ones what you are facing. If you choose not to do that, find a support group or
individual counselor who will help you cope with the diagnosis.
Another thing that you need to know about is the risk that you face of contracting the HIV virus when you are using
intravenous drugs. While they should be avoided at all costs, if you are a person who takes intravenous drugs, you
need to ensure that you are using sterilized, new needles every time. While unprotected sex is the most common
means of transmitting HIV, many fall victim to AIDS due to the sharing of needles for drug use.
Children who are born with the HIV virus are often diagnosed at an early age and
treatments can begin immediately.
Children in underdeveloped areas of the world are often orphans as well as born
If you are already afflicted with the HIV virus, it is important to do all that you can possibly do
in order to limit the progression of the disease. There are many different types of retroviral drugs that you may
want to consider taking in order to limit the progression, and there are many lifestyle choices that you can make
that can help you to keep your body safe from secondary infections that can really damage the health of an
individual with AIDS. Knowledge is power, and many people have found that they are able to successfully live a fun
and happy life with AIDS, it just takes hard work, dedication, and some effort on your part.