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World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1 each year around the world. It was the worlds first global health day celebration. It has become one of the most recognized international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.

About HIV-AIDS

Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a chronic, potentially life-threatening condition caused by the Human Immuno-Deficiency Virus (HIV). By damaging your immune system, HIV interferes with your body’s ability to fight the organisms that cause disease. It is tough to identify and kill this virus because once it enters the cell, it becomes invisible to immunity.

HIV is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). It can also be spread by contact with infected blood or from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding. Without medication, it may take years before HIV weakens your immune system to the point that you have AIDS.

There’s no cure for HIV/AIDS, but there are medications that can dramatically slow the progression of the disease, these drugs are called as retroviral drugs. These drugs have reduced AIDS deaths in many developed nations.HIV is caused by a virus. It can spread through sexual contact or blood, or from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding.

HIV destroys CD4 T cells — white blood cells that play a large role in helping your body fight disease. The fewer CD4 T cells you have, the weaker your immune system becomes.

You can have an HIV infection for years before it turns into AIDS. AIDS is diagnosed when the CD4 T cell count falls below 200 or you have an AIDS-defining complication.
HIV destroys CD4 T cells — white blood cells that play a large role in helping your body fight disease. The fewer CD4 T cells you have, the weaker your immune system becomes.

You can have an HIV infection for years before it turns into AIDS. AIDS is diagnosed when the CD4 T cell count falls below 200 or you have an AIDS-defining complication
How HIV spreads.

To become infected with HIV, infected blood, semen or vaginal secretions must enter your body. This can happen in several ways:
By having sex, From blood transfusions, By sharing needles, During pregnancy or delivery or through breastfeeding.

You can’t become infected with HIV through ordinary contact. That means you can’t catch HIV or AIDS by hugging, kissing, dancing or shaking hands with someone who has the infection.

Prevention measures

  • Use a new condom every time you have sex.
  • Consider the drug Truvada.
  • Tell your sexual partners if you have HIV.
  • Use a clean needle.
  • If you’re pregnant, get medical care right away.

There’s no vaccine to prevent HIV infection and no cure for AIDS. But you can protect yourself and others from infection.


DARKNESS CANNOT DRIVE OUT DARKNESS; ONLY LIGHT CAN DO THAT
HATE CANNOT DRIVE OUT HATE; ONLY LOVE CAN


Let us give publicity to HIV/AIDS and not hide it because that’s the only way to make it appear like a normal illness.

Written by : Ambika Patra

Email ID : ambikakumaripatra@gmail.com

Edited by : Varadh Kulkarni

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