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Aids - Everything you need to know



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aids stands for acquired immune

deficiency syndrome which means

deficient immune system

you get AIDS after becoming infected

with the HIV virus you get infected with

the virus by unsafe sex contact with

blood of an infected person for example

by using a contaminated injection needle

from mother to child during pregnancy

childbirth or breastfeeding because the

virus is transmitted through blood sperm

vaginal fluids pre-seminal fluid breast

milk you don't have the risk of becoming

infected with the virus by saliva or

shaking hands when you have HIV virus

but aren't symptomatic yet you are

seropositive that means that there are

HIV antibodies in your blood

you don't need to have any signs of

disease yet an HIV infection passes

through four stages in the first stage

the body can show signs of disease like

continuous fever and swollen glands

while some people who are infected

remain asymptomatic in their first stage

in the second stage recurring airway

infections skin mouth and genital

lesions often occur

in the third stage you may have

complaints like prolonged diarrhea

excessive weight loss tuberculosis in

the lungs and other serious infections

like meningitis finally

besides serious infections the nervous

system may be affected in the fourth

stage which can result in motor loss or

age-related dementia it may take five to

15 years before you know that you've got

AIDS this is because sometimes it takes

longer for symptoms to occur HIV and

AIDS can be treated with medication but

can't be cured antiretrovirals slowed

down the multiplication of the virus but

doesn't kill it to support the treatment

AIDS patients often get medications to

boost the immune system and fight

against infections you can prevent aids

by having safe sex and using clean

needles