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There's a way to stay free from HIV-AIDS
Make sure your sex partner is clean
- TO love and be loved is one basIc need of man.
- Love finds fulfillment in sex.
- Love is truly sweet when there is sex.
- Love and sex must go hand in hand like the bow and the arrow.
- However- love must not go unrestrained. So when you choose a partner for sex- choose one who is clean.
- She or he must be free from sexually transmitted diseases.
- If unsure- have him/her examined by a competent physician.
- Don't take things for granted. Your future, happiness and most especially your health is at stake. Don't throw caution to the wind.
- Who knows your sex partner to-be has the dreaded AIDS or HIV carrier.
Virus in HIV destroy the human immune system
The following lessons about AIDS are products of research which will provide you a working idea why you should avoid this disease:
- WHAT IS AIDS? Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or AIDS for short is a disease that is caused by a virus.
- First made public in 1981- AIDS through this virus damaged tissues.
- It also increases vulnerability to many disorders- especially infections.
- In other words, the human immune system is progressively destroyed by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
How's AIDS virus transmitted?
- The virus is transmitted when a body fluid of an infected individual- blood, semen, vaginal secretions, breast milk, saliva, urine, tear, mother's womb and sweat- is absorbed into the blood stream of a healthy person.
- However- the main infection source are the blood, sperm and vaginal secretions.
- Research has confirmed that cases of AIDS can be tranmitted by monosexual as well as heterosexual intercourse, sharing of hypodermic needles and contaminated blood transfusions.
What does a body do upon entrance of an AIDS virus?
- Upon entrance of a virus into the body- a healthy immune system produces a variety of fighter cells, which include the T-cell lymphocytes.
- HIV invades T-cells and uses their genetic materials to multiply itself.
- In time the virus destroys the T-cells, producing many new HIV particles in the process.
- Eventually the immune system is overwhelmed by the infection and the person becomes increasingly susceptible to the infections and other diseases that conform to the AIDS complex.
- From infection to full-blown AIDS takes an average of 10 years.
- And throughout that span of time contact with body fluids from the person hosting the virus can spread the infection.
- The most common test for HIV is a blood analysis called ELISA short for enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay.
- ELISA test has an accuracy rate 95 to 99%.
- If the result is repeatedly positive, WESTERN BLOT test is conducted to confirm.
- The accuracy rate of both tests combined is more than 99.9%.
Still no cure for HIV- AIDS
- There's no absolute cure for AIDS now, but the symptoms may be delayed.
- That basketball great Magic Johnson has cured his HIV illness is a misperception.
- If Magic Johnson appears to be in perfect health- it is because of the daily multi-drug cocktail that he's taking and perhaps the superb conditioning that came from playing up to 100 NBA games per year.
- The newest and most effective AIDS drugs work by blocking protease- an enzyme needed by HIV to replicate itself.
- Protease inhibitors which include Crixivan (indinavir), Norvir, (ritonavir) and Invirase (saquinavir) are taken several times a day along with other AIDS medications.
- Missing even a few doses of a protease inhibitor can result in the emergence of drug-resistant HIV strains.
- (Guide to Medical Cures and Treatments; AllRefer.com)