What To Do If You Think
You Might Have Aids
Are you at risk for developing AIDS? If you know you are in a high risk category, you have had unprotected
sex with someone with HIV, used and shared drug needles, or you have had a possibly contaminated blood fusion,
you are at risk. You should tell your doctor if you have had exposure to contaminated
blood because of your occupation, you also may be at risk of developing AIDS. You should see your doctor if
you are having an unexplained weight loss, persistent fever, joint and muscle pains, and a persistent
More symptoms that should alert you to possible problems are sinusitis, persistent yeast infections, or
pneumonia. A white coating on the tongue can point to thrush, which is a form of a yeast infection. If
you find you are having any of these symptoms, you will want to see your doctor immediately.
Tests for the HIV virus can be done by your doctor, or at a clinic where you can remain anonymous. Blood
tests will allow the doctor to confirm a diagnosis of HIV infection. The test is called enzyme linked
immunosorbent assay and it looks for disease-fighting proteins in your immune system. These proteins are
specifically targeting the HIV disease. A Western blot test can then be performed to measure your body’s
response to HIV and is much more accurate than the earlier test. These tests are not effective immediately
after exposure to AIDS. It may take several months for the virus to show up in the system. Tests a few
months later will be more accurate.
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
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.
This period when the HIV virus cannot be accurately diagnosed is called the “window” period. If the early
tests are positive, another test called the HIV RNA blood test can measure the virus in the body. A blood
test to find out the CD4 cell count is and any count of less than 200 cells per cubic meter is considered to be
AIDS. Your doctor may perform other tests to verify there are no other AIDS related conditions that have
taken over your body. You could be tested for brain disorders, body-wasting diseases, tuberculosis, tumors or
One important fact to remember is, HIV infection is a lifelong illness! There is no cure for the disease and
scientists and researchers are working diligently to find ways of treating HIV and the AIDS disease. Research
is being done to find ways of creating a chemical barrier that will stop the HIV virus from being transferred to a
partner through sexual contact. It may take years before an effective way of treating the HIV or AIDS virus
Patients using homeopathic medicine will normally develop a fever after taking the medication.
Homeopaths agree the fever is a helpful part of the response to the medicine and should not be
Fever is a response to infection and using homeopathic treatment and medicines encourage this
The purpose of medical doctors today is to prolong the life of the AIDS patient and give them a
good quality of life while working to save it. The goal of medical doctor’s today is to keep the patient
comfortable while trying to keep them alive until all measures have been exhausted in fighting this horrible