HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks a person’s weak immune system. HIV can infect and destroy the CD4 cells in our body. Over time, the virus can kill the immune cells leaving the body defenseless against various types of disease. If this virus is left untreated, it will lead to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome or AIDS. Once you have HIV it will stay in your system for the rest of your life.
AIDS is a medical condition. It is a severe phase infection of HIV. It is possible to contract HIV without developing AIDS. People with AIDS are the ones with a damaged immune system. Once you have AIDS you are prone to different severe kinds of illnesses.
CAUSES OF HIV
HIV is viruses that infect African chimpanzees. Scientist suspect that the virus present in the chimps infected humans when they consumed the infected meat. The virus mutated into what we call now as the HIV. HIV virus was first discovered in a human blood in 1959.
HIV can transmit by performing specific kind of activities such as:
PRE-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS (PrEP)
PrEP is a way for people who are at greater risk of having HIV to prevent HIV infection. Pills are taken each day to help lower the risk of having HIV. These drugs can prevent the virus from creating permanent infections.
POST-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS (PEP)
PEP is a way of taking Antiretroviral Medicines or (ART) after being exposed to HIV. This should only use in emergency situation. PEP must start within 72 hours after a recent exposure to HIV.
HIV is a condition that can spread in many ways. It requires deep knowledge and knowing your case properly. The following are the safety measure to prevent HIV:
LIVING WITH HIV
A person with HIV can live their lives just like normal people around them. Living with HIV is choosing to be healthy and protecting others. The following are the facts of living with this condition:
This condition has no cure but there’s a treatment option that has a great help to people with HIV. The following are the agencies that keep on working with this disease: