Basic Information on AIDS
What is AIDS?
Aids....Acquired ImmunoDeficiency Syndrome.... is a disease in which the body's immune system breaks down. The immune system fights off infections and certain other diseases. Because the system fails, a person with AIDS develops a variety of life-threatening illnesses.
How You Can Contract HIV(the virus that causes AIDS)
The HIV virus is spread through blood, semen, or vaginal secretions.
Ways in which fluids are spread
- Vaginal sex
- Anal sex
- Oral sex
- Using contaminated needles
- Pregnant mothers can infect their unborn children
- If you recieved a blood transfusion before 1985
How You Can't Contract HIV
- Bug bites
- Animal Bite
- Eating food handled, prepared or served by a person with HIV
- Sharing toilets, telephones or clothes
- Sharing forks, spoons, knives or drinking glasses
- Touching, hugging or kissing a person with HIV
- Attending school, church or other public places where there are HIV positive people
- Giving blood
- Getting a blood transfusion
- artificial insemination
How To Protect Yourself
- Abstinance--Don't have sex whether it is vaginal, anal or oral
- Don't do drugs
- If you are having sex, use protection...ie:a latex condom and spermicide
- If you are doing drugs, don't share needles
- practice monagamy
- If you work in the health profession, take the necessary precautions.
What Do You Do If You Think You Might Be Infected
- Get tested
- Recieve counseling
- If you test positive...ask for help from close friends and family, if possible. If not go to counseling or join a support group.
- If you test negative...rethink your action...change your lifestyle so that you are not in the risk group, get retested after 6 months.
I hope this information helps!!!
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