Monday, December 1, 2008

Reduce the stigma around HIV/AIDS !!

Today is World's AIDS Day. Blogger Unite have taken the initiative to spread awareness prevent and stop the spread of HIV/AIDS by using the power of bloggers !! This year’s theme is leadership – from all sectors, including government, but also leaders among individuals and families, communities, non-profits and other organizations.

An estimated 33 million people are supposedly infected by AIDS. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is caused by HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). By killing or damaging cells of the body's immune system, HIV progressively destroys the body's ability to fight infections and certain cancers.Effective HIV care—including antiretroviral drug therapies and regular access to primary health care—can help people manage their HIV disease and live longer.

Once HIV enters the body, the body starts to produce antibodies - substances the immune system creates after infection. Most HIV tests look for these antibodies rather than the virus itself. There are many different kinds of HIV tests, including rapid tests and home test kits. All HIV tests approved by the US government are very good at finding HIV. For information on approved HIV tests view HIV Testing (Food and Drug Administration).

HIV and AIDS are life threatening conditions. There is no cure yet for HIV/AIDS. The transmission of HIV occurs through three well documented means: 1) having sex (anal, vaginal, or oral) with someone infected with HIV; 2) sharing needles and syringes with someone infected with HIV; and 3) being exposed (fetus or infant) to HIV before or during birth or through breast feeding. HIV transmission can be prevented through avoiding behaviors that expose someone to the means of transmission and by taking preventive measures if identified risk behaviors occur.

To protect yourself, do not inject illicit drugs and remember these ABCs:

  • A=Abstinence
  • B=Be Faithful
  • C=Condoms
HIV is not transmitted through day-to-day activities such as shaking hands, hugging, or a casual kiss. You cannot become infected from a toilet seat, drinking fountain, doorknob, dishes, drinking glasses, food, or pets. You also cannot get HIV from mosquitoes. HIV testing is a key component in controlling the spread of HIV infection. For those who test positive for HIV, awareness can help them take steps to protect their own health and that of their partners - thus avoiding further transmission.For those testing negative, the testing process is an opportunity to get informed and take action to avoid risks and stay uninfected.

Everyone should know their HIV status, and the only way to know is to get tested for HIV. While there are symptoms of HIV, those systems are also associated with other types of illness. Because some behaviors increase individual risk for HIV infection, and if you continue these behaviors, you should be tested regularly. It is also recommended that all women who are pregnant or are planning on becoming pregnant should be tested for HIV.

Lets join hands together in combating this social maniac and commit ourself in making the World free of AIDS...


Priya Joyce said...

That was so clearly mentioned man...I luv to be a part of blogger..cos here I find ppl like u who are so much concerned about the society....

This post is such a big proof of tat

yes we'll surely be able to remove AIDS..If more ppl like u cum fwd

nice post

Prashant Sree said...

@Priya : Thanks Dear...I appreciate a socially conscious person like you :)

Keep empowering !!