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Posted on 06/05/2018 in Category 1

Be in the Know Get Tested!

Be in the Know Get Tested!

Many of you may have heard about HIV/AIDS. But how much do you really know? Are you taking this disease serious?  Are you protecting yourself?

HIV (Human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the immune system, the body's natural defense system that fight off diseases that may affect the body. Almost everyone who becomes infected with HIV develops HIV disease, marked by slow destruction of their immune system, eventually ending into AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).


The first symptom of HIV disease is fever which normally appears after an incubation period of 6 days to 6 weeks. Other symptoms are:


Sore throats,

Muscle aches

Enlarged lymph nodes and

Generalized rashes

Sweats (particularly at night)


Other symptoms include:

If left untreated, HIV weakens the ability to fight infection. The person becomes defenseless to serious illnesses. This stage of infection is known as AIDS

Moodiness and confusions developed into seizures and paralysis

Hairy Leukoplaskia White patches on the tongue or mouth

Night sweats

Mild flu

Weight loss



Swollen glands lasting for weeks

Blurred vision

Dry cough

Fever of above 37C (100F) lasting for weeks

Permanent tiredness

Shortness of breath

HIV/AIDS IS transmitted from person through body fluids (semen and vaginal fluids, blood and breast milk).

Semen and vaginal fluid: if an infected person happens to have unprotected sex with someone without HIV the virus will beed on to that person through the semen or vaginal fluid. So whether or not you are having oral vaginal or anal sex, use a condom every time. Never use more than one condom at a time; this can cause friction, which will in turn case the condom to break. Always check the expiry date on the condom. do not you use a condom more than one time or be careful  when removing the condom. If you can’t possibly do any of the follow, then the best option is to abstain from sex. Once you are sexually active you and your partner need to get tested at least one times per year.

Pregnancy, childbirth & breastfeeding: An infected pregnant woman can pass HIV to their babies during pregnancy, delivering the baby during childbirth, and through breast feeding. So in order to prevent this from happen a pregnant woman should get tested for HIV as soon as she finds out that she is pregnant. If however you already have HIV you should always go to the doctor and do your regular checkup, and you must always take your medications. When that child is born an infected mother should never breastfeed because she can pass on HIV to the baby through breast milk.

Sharing injecting equipment:  many people like the idea of wearing tattoos. But are the needles or equipment clean? Do you know if that tattoo artist used that same needle on someone else, before he used it on you? You should at all times avoid sharing needles, syringes and other injecting equipment with anyone if you are doing a tattoo or taking drug. Remember that HIV is transmitted through body fluids, so if a needle has been use already by an infected person, that needle is contaminated and needs to be discarded of. Also if you happened to work in a medical complex, Hospitals, etc. Ensure that you are wearing gloves at all times, whenever you are dealing with body fluids. Handle all needles with care and disposed of them properly after use.

Contaminated blood transfusions and organ/tissue transplants: This is hard to be certain of, but always ask your healthcare professional if the blood product you are receiving (blood transfusion, organ or tissue transplant) has been tested for HIV. Always go to a legal facility don’t just go to any one to give you blood or and surgery on you whatsoever.



There is no cure for HIV and AIDS yet. However, treatment can control HIV and enable people to live a long and healthy life. If the HIV virus has been found, the test result is "positive". The blood is re-tested several times before a positive result is given to the patient. If A person is diagnosed with HIV, going for their regular treatment before the disease is far advanced, he or she can live a nearly as long as someone who does not have HIV. Without treatment, people who are diagnosed with AIDS would only survive about 3 years without any other illness. If that person however happens to be ill life expectancy without treatment falls to about 1 year. People with AIDS need medical treatment to prevent death

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