It stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, a retrovirus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome). This virus attacks the human immune system. People who are infected with this virus could not notice any symptoms. The virus damages the immune system.
Over time the virus destroys the immune system in such a way that the infected person acquires various serious illnesses.
How is it spread?
The virus is found in the following body fluids; vaginal fluids, semen, breast milk and blood. Infection can only occur when body fluids from an infected person enter the blood stream of another person.
The most frequent ways people become infected:
Having vaginal or anal intercourse without a condom with an HIV/AIDS infected person. Sharing needles or syringes with an infected person. Being deeply punctured with a needle or surgical instrument contaminated with HIV.
Men who have sex with men Persons who have multiple partners
Unprotected sex between partners carries a high risk of HIV transmission, as 25 % of HIV positive men who have sex with men are unaware of their infection. This group is advised to be tested at least once a year, every 3 months if having unprotected sex with new or multiple partners.
Men and women having unprotected sex with new or multiple partners should be very careful, and have an HIV and STD test before having sex with each new partner.
Reduce the number of sexual relationships.
Use condoms consistantly
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What is the importance of frequent HIV testing?
Frequent testing for HIV can reduce the growth of the epidemic. Most of the infected people are unaware of their status. Early detection improves the HIV treatment.
When you are in doubt about your HIV status. Don’t hesitate to undergo a screening. One test takes about 20 minutes of your life, but it could save many.
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In many countries HIV testing still not considered as a standard test. This results in many patients tested unnecessarily late. Professors Kees Brinkman and Jan van Bergen commented in the Dutch Journal of Medicine. Research showed that in 75 percent of patients an earlier opportunity for testing did arise (early symptoms) but is not taken advantage of, causing late HIV diagnosis. The professors try to alert doctors that routine testing of risk groups is also cost-effective.
The Aids Foundation is pleased with the comments of the two scientists. “It really should be routine for people to be tested for HIV”.
“Early HIV testing means treating with health benefits. Moreover, it leads to lower the transmission of the virus to others. ”