Tip of the day: How to Avoid Getting AIDS
Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV, is an infectious agent that has killed over 25 million people since the beginning of the epidemic in the early 1980s, and currently, over 33.4 million people in the world are infected with HIV or have AIDS.
AIDS, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, is the final stage of the HIV disease.
The median survival time for someone infected with AIDS is approximately 6 to 9 months, and there is no cure for HIV or AIDS, which means prevention, is the most important step in protecting your health.
Some people fear touching, speaking to or interacting with HIV+ people in general, but it’s important to understand that you cannot contract the disease from sharing food with them, using the bathroom after them or shaking their hands.
HIV is only transmitted through certain bodily fluids carried by an infected person.
Know how infection is transmitted, as certain bodily fluids that can lead to HIV infection such as blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, breast milk and vaginal fluid.
Avoid the body fluids that carry the virus and use safe and clean practices when having sexual intercourse, working near infected people or doing recreational drugs.
Reduce your sexual risk factors – Limit the number of sexual partners you have, and know the status of someone before you sleep with them and always use condoms.
Get tested regularly as testing is the only way to actually know your status.