HIV Information And Facts, You Need To Know!
HIV causes AIDS and interferes with the body’s ability to fight infections.
- Rare: Fewer than 200,000 US cases per year
- Spreads by sexual contact
- Treatment can help, but this condition can’t be cured
- Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong
- Requires a medical diagnosis
- Lab tests or imaging always required
Understanding the transmission process is crucial in the fight against the spread of the virus. The Human Immunodeficiency Virus highly depends on human blood to live.This simply means that it cannot survive outside the body. The Immunodeficiency Virus is known to enter the human body through the body through the mucous membrane or through the bloodstream directly. In most cases, the transmission happens through the vagina, penis, and anus. When the Immunodeficiency Virus gets into the body, it starts an attack against the immune system and exists in the blood, vaginal fluid, semen (cum and pre-cum), rectal secretion, and breast milk.
HIV has no cure yet. However, the best shot at living a good life with HIV is through proper treatment. With the right treatment regime an infected person can live a long healthy and happy life. The best treatment is through antiviral therapy. This is the collection of medications that treat the Immunodeficiency Virus infection. Following the treatment will reduce the virus to undetectable levels. With low viral load, the infected will not be a victim of infections and will be less likely to spread the virus through sexual contact.
Regardless of what you read or hear, there is no cure for HIV yet. However, there are treatments that can help reduce the viral load in the body to a point where the virus is undetectable. There are many researchers that are working on different cures that will eliminate the virus completely. These researches concentrate on functional cures and sterilizing cures. Currently, there are ongoing Immunodeficiency Virus vaccine trials that are quite promising though they do not provide full protection yet. Instead of wasting time looking for a cure, you might be better off taking the available antiviral medications until there is an official cure.
AIDS is the most advanced stage of HIV. for those not aware, AIDS stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome and is caused by untreated HIV infection. It is important to note that AIDS is not a particular disease; it is a stage of HIV where the immune system has been damaged by the virus such that the body cannot fight infections and diseases that it normally fights without medication. The body depends on CD4 cells to fight off infections. The Immunodeficiency Virus attacks these cells leaving the body vulnerable. Treating HIV properly will help prevent it from advancing to AIDS.
HIV and AIDS is still a complex topic for many people though there are efforts to spread awareness. People still have questions related to infection, transmission, symptoms, treatment and cure. We have tried to cover some of the important questions that people have about the Immunodeficiency Virus infection in our FAQ section
Living With HIV
Living with HIV is not as horrible as most people believe. Finding out that you have Immunodeficiency Virus is tough. However, with the right treatment and care, you can live a longer, healthier, and happier life. There are treatment options that can reduce the viral load in the body to a point where transmission is almost impossible. Learn About people living with the Immunodeficiency Virus through their stories.