Ten Things You Should Know About HIV/AIDS

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. You should know that this virus can lead to AIDS. However, not everyone who has HIV had AIDS. But those with AIDS definitely have HIV virus. AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

Despite the fact that nowadays there is no cure for AIDS and HIV, you can 100% prevent getting the virus. Among the general preventive measures there is condom usage when you have sex with a person you don’t know enough to trust and avoid sharing injection drug paraphernalia. If you are a HIV positive woman and planning a pregnancy you should consult your doctor in order to get some recommendations. Proper prevention can significantly decrease the risks.

More often HIV and AIDS affect ethnic and racial minorities.

1. People who have HIV can have long and absolutely normal life, despite the fact that HIV is commonly known as a virus that decreases the life length.

2. There is no cure for HIV or AIDS, but the virus is 100% preventable. Actions such as consistent and correct condom use, not sharing injection drug paraphernalia, and following medical recommendations if you are an HIV positive woman who is pregnant or planning a pregnancy, will significantly decrease risk.

3. HIV and AIDS have always and continue to disproportionately impact racial and ethnic minorities.

4. People with HIV can have a long, normal lifespan, though stigma surrounding HIV often creates a not so normal life.

5. Having HIV and being pregnant does not necessarily mean that the virus will be transmitted to the newborn. However, there is still a huge percent of cases when newborns receive HIV from their mothers.

6. HIV can be transmitted both among heterosexual and homosexual partners. Though globally there are more women than men who share HIV or AIDS through heterosexual contact, in Oregon State for example the majority of HIV-positive persons are men, who have homosexual contacts.

7. HIV and AIDS can affect anybody regardless of nationality, race, age, sexual orientation and so on. The virus doesn’t discriminate.

8. HIV is a virus that cannot be transmitted through casual contacts, like sharing utensils or while hugging.

9. Not everyone who has HIV/AIDS takes medication. Those who do - are healthier and have more chances for a longer and happier life.

10. Young people, especially young women are more than others under the risk. Being properly informed about the problem can help young people to stay safe and healthy.