HIV/AIDS in Nigeria: Causes and Treatments

HIV/AIDS: Causes and Treatments are discussed in this article. This is to guide you in taking adequate care of your health.

HIV/AIDS is a new and dangerous disease spread from person to person through a virus. It is now found in almost every country in the world.

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HIV/AIDS: Causes and Treatments
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This disease reduces the body’s ability to fight disease. An infected person can get sick easily from a disease like diarrhea, pneumonia, tuberculosis, or some kind of skin cancer.

For many years now, the entire world has been in a severe search for a cure that would put the life-threatening disease called HIV/AIDS to an end but despite that, there has been no valid cure for the disease which puts every living person on earth at the risk of contracting the disease consciously or unconsciously.

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Since no valid cure has been proffered to the disease, a lot of vaccines have been produced to suppress the power of the deadly virus responsible for spreading HIV but despite these, a vast majority of people are still oblivious of how they can overcome the disease.

HIV/AIDS: Causes

The virus responsible for the disease gets its life from the blood. It is harmless outside the blood which makes the spread of the virus possible only when blood, semen, or vaginal fluid of an infected person is passed from one person to another either through sex, blood transfusion, during pregnancy delivery or breastfeeding, sharing needles, or any other thing that could transfer infected blood.

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How HIV cannot be spread

You cannot become positive for the virus by ordinary body contact with the infected person. This automatically means that you can’t be infected by hugging, kissing, dancing with, or shaking hands with someone who has the infection.

Some recent days past, a doctor was of the opinion that mosquitoes can become a host to HIV but deeper studies into the subject matter reveal otherwise; mosquitoes do not spread malaria or other insect bites.

HIV/AIDS: Treatments

As earlier said, at the time of the publication of this article, there has been no valid cure for the disease, those who are infected with the virus just have to manage with the treatment till the day they draw their last breath.

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In order to prevent yourself from contracting the disease:

If you cannot be faithful to one partner or stay away from sex till you are married, make use of a condom every time you engage in vaginal sex (inserting the penis into the vagina) and anal sex (inserting the penis into the anus).

Women should also make use of female condoms too just to be safe. Be sure that you are using a water-based lubricant if you intend to make use of lubricants because the oil-based lubricants weaken condoms during sexual intercourse and cause a tear.

Before engaging in casual sexual intercourse or using untreated needles, make use of ‘Truvada’; a drug that drastically reduces the risk of sexually transmitted HIV infection in people that are prone.

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However, there are side effects with the use of the drug. Pregnant women should be sure to get medical care as early as possible in order not to pass the infection to their babies.

It was in the past that pregnant women pass the disease easily but thanks to technological advancement.

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