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how to transmit AIDS

how to transmit AIDS

To this date, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS, is an infectious disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus, HIV. It still has no cure since it was detected in the U.S. in 1981. Aggressive prevention campaigns were then launched as well as the improvements for the HIV/AIDS-infected individuals in terms of quality and length of life. The ways in how to transmit AIDS or HIV are very straightforward. They are as follows:

  1. Having unprotected sex with the wrong partner is enough to get infected. Straying partners, people who do anal sex, and those who leave their sexually transmitted diseases untreated are very prone to HIV infection that can develop into AIDS in a matter of time, around ten years if not treated. Homosexuals and heterosexuals can be infected if they practice unsafe sex.

  2. Infected pregnant women can transmit HIV/AIDS to their babies, and the risk is higher when the HIV infection has already developed into full-blown AIDS. Women impregnated by bi-sexual men have the same risk as women whose partners are hemophilia sufferers who have had blood transfusions.

    There’s not much difference with intravenous drug users. A Zidovudine, or AZT, vaccine can reduce the risk of infecting the fetus during pregnancy.

  3. Babies delivered through natural birth are more likely to get the HIV/AIDS infection of their mothers. A Caesarian operation is a good option to avoid the transmission of the virus to the babies during birth. Infected mothers should not breast feed their babies because the HIV virus can also be passed to children through the contaminated milk.

  4. Blood recipients of infected blood cells can also get their share of the disease instantly. Careful procedures for blood screening were strictly imposed in 1980 thus resulting in the decline in the number of new cases of HIV/AIDS infection. This was implemented, however, after a massive public outrage that happened after some cases of the infection were publicized that were traced back to the irresponsible blood collection done by guilty medical staff.

  5. Sharing needles among users of intravenous drugs, whether prescribed or illegally used, has the same damaging effect in terms of contracting HIV/AIDS. Medical workers can get pinched by contaminated needles if not properly using equipment or not careful. The risk of contracting the disease may be reduced when the immediate administration of antiretroviral drugs is undertaken. Combined treatments may apply according to the specific situation.

HIV/AIDS is not an airborne disease so it cannot be transmitted through coughing or sneezing. There must be an opening leading to the internal parts of the body of both partners to be able to spread the virus from one person to the other. The virus also can’t survive long outside the human body so physical contact must go beyond just rubbing or casual touching. Something more intimate allowing the transfer or exchange of body fluids is required. Mosquitoes also can’t be carriers of the virus. So mosquito bites are free from the HIV/AIDS infection. There may be other myths about how to transmit AIDS, like humans having sex with monkeys, but with the continuous worldwide HIV/AIDS educational campaign, most of us if not all of us are already aware how to protect ourselves from the virus. A complete lifestyle change can be very difficult for some people, but remaining in old, risky habits is very deadly. Life is too short to take it for granted.


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