Facts on HIV/AIDS-1
by EmmaMuriithi Posted on 12/02/2015
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HIV/AIDS remains one of the world's most significant public health challenges, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infects cells of the immune system resulting in the progressive deterioration of the immune system, breaking down the body's ability to fend off some infections and other diseases.

 AIDS (Acquired immune deficiency syndrome) refers to the most advanced stages of HIV infection, defined by the occurrence of any of more than 20 opportunistic infections or related cancers.

HIV can be transmitted through:

  • Unprotected sexual intercourse (vaginal or anal) or oral sex with an infected person;
  • Transfusions of contaminated blood (rare);
  • The sharing of contaminated needles, syringes or other sharp instruments;
  • The transmission between a mother and her baby during pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding.

Key ways to prevent HIV transmission:

  • Practice safe sexual behaviours such as using condoms;
  • Get tested and treated for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV;
  • Avoid injecting drugs, or if you do, always use new and disposable needles and syringes;
  • Ensure that any blood or blood products that you might need are tested for HIV.

 




   

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