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About Prevention of HIV

Introduction

You many not be aware that HIV is one of the deadliest diseases affecting people. It slowly weakens a person's immune system until such time that the complications of having a weak body will lead to death. Poor prevention and lack of knowledge are one of the culprits that lead to death among people. Thus, everyone must know that awareness and proper prevention are the key in fighting this disease.

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1. Avoid unprotected sex.Always use a contraceptive such as condoms and dental dams to protect yourself from body fluids such as semen or blood. HIV is transmitted via the exchange of body fluids and so it is a must that you use a protection before having a sexual intercourse.

2. Avoid multiple sexual partners. Studies show that people who are polygamous are more at risk for having an HIV compared to those who only have one partner. Use a latex condom and always use a new one after each contact. Do not use an oil based lubricant as it can break down the component of a condom which create leakage of the body fluids. Always check the condom for holes or leakage before using it.  Try to avoid having flings and engaging in casual sex. Keep in mind that the higher the number of your sexual partners the greater chances of getting the virus.

 3. Get yourself tested. Have yourself tested every now and then to reduce the risk of transmission of the disease. You should get a test at least once if you are between 13 to 64 years old. On the other hand, if you are sexually active, undergoing an HIV screening once a year is a must. 

4. Use double condom. If you are married to an HIV patient it is best to use a double condom to be sure that you do not get the virus. If you are worried about kissing your wife/husband, you need not to worry because it takes several gallons of saliva of an HIV patient before the virus is transmitted. Proper prevention is always a must. 

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 5. Avoid sharing needles. You should never share needles with anyone. Sharing needles to inject recreational drugs is not only prohibited but will also put you at a higher risk for acquiring HIV. The reason for this is that a person’s blood will be injected into your bloodstream along with the prohibited drug. Seek help with your addiction and contact your friends and family for assistance.

6. Dispose the needles properly. This is for health care providers. Label sharps and dispose them properly. You also need to wear protective gears whenever you're treating an HIV patient such as gloves, task mask and eye gear during the treatment process. It is also vital that you cover any open wounds when handling blood or any body fluids of an infected patient.

Tips and comments

 HIV is truly a silent killer. It takes the life of a person way before the signs and symptoms appear and before you know it, the chances of survival becomes very slim. Prevention is always better than cure and so you need to take precautionary measures to prevent suffering from this deadly disease later in life.

By stephen cunanan, published at 01/08/2012
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