Help stop the spread of HIV and AIDs by getting screened and tested.
What is AIDs?
HIV (or Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that is contracted primarily through sexual contact or contact with bodily fluids and can develop into the AIDs virus. Having unprotected sexual contact, sharing needles or coming into contact with the blood of someone who is infected could spread this disease. Many people are infected and do not even know that they have contracted this disease, that is why screening and testing is so important. There is still no cure for this virus but recent medical advancements have made it possible to treat the symptoms and slow down the progression of AIDs.
What are the Symptoms of HIV and AIDs?
After contracting HIV or AIDs it can take quite some time to develop symptoms. Many people have become infected and do not even know it which is why this disease has managed to spread so rapidly. Early signs are often very flu-like, with symptoms such as sore throat, nausea, vomiting, fever, headache and body aches. Once the virus progresses into AIDs symptoms may include:
- Rapid weight loss
- Excessive sweating, especially at night
- Swollen glands and lymph nodes
- Chronic diarrhea
How Can I be Tested for this Virus?
Because the symptoms for this virus can mimic many other illnesses and due to the fact that many people do not experience symptoms in the early stages, it is very important to get tested for this disease. It is especially necessary if you have or have had numerous sexual partner or have shared needles with others.
Two to three weeks after exposure to the virus, your body will have built up antibodies and antigens in its system which will show up during a test. These can be measured in the blood or in the saliva and this is how an HIV test can diagnose whether someone has come into contact with this virus. There are at-home tests that can be purchased at your local pharmacy and shipped away to a lab for testing or a blood test can be done at your local doctor’s office, clinic or hospital to test for the disease as well. It is important to abstain from unprotected sexual contact if you suspect that you may be infected and if you receive a positive test result then another test will be ordered to confirm these results.
How can I Protect Myself?
The best way to defend yourself from contracting HIV and developing AIDs is to always protect yourself during intercourse.
- Wear a condom
- Refrain from having multiple partners
- Abstain from sex
- Never share needles
- Get tested
If you suspect that you have contracted HIV or may be at high risk for infection, speak to one of our healthcare providers today. HIV is a serious condition that can lead to deadly results if not treated early on. The doctors at LiveMD can talk to you with full confidentiality about all of your sexual health concerns. Get the information that you need now on how to protect yourself and others and where to go for testing to stay safe. Visit www.mylivemd.com and help stop the spread of AIDS.
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