Did you have unprotected sex with someone you didn’t know? Or had a blood transfusion during your hospital stay? Worried that the blood donation drive you went for might have used unsterilized needles? The problem with an ailment like HIV/AIDS is most people believe they can’t get it but the virus knows no class. But before you go for a test, look for these symptoms which might be suggestive of being infected with the virus.
The person who has been affected by Aids would undergo the following symptoms such as Fever, Swollen glands, Sore throat, Rash, Fatigue, muscle and joint aches and pains and also they will suffer in headache. These symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks. However, you should not assume you have HIV if you have any of these symptoms. Each of these symptoms can be caused by other illnesses. Conversely, not everyone who is infected with HIV develops ARS. Many people who are infected with HIV do not have any symptoms at all for 10 years or more.
You cannot rely on symptoms to know whether you have HIV. The only way to know for sure if you are infected with HIV is to get tested. If you think you have recently been exposed to HIV, if you have had oral, vaginal or anal sex without a condom with a known HIV positive person or a partner whose HIV status you do not know or shared needles to inject drugs, get an HIV test. Traditional HIV tests detect HIV antibodies.
There is no cure for AIDS at this time. But treatments are available to manage symptoms. Treatment can also improve the quality and length of life for those who have already developed symptoms.
Do not use illegal drugs and do not share needles or syringes. Many communities now have needle exchange programs, where you can get rid of used syringes and get new, sterile ones. These programs can also refer you for addiction treatment. Avoid contact with another person’s blood. If possible, wear protective clothing, masks, and goggles when caring for people who are injured. If you test positive for HIV, you can pass the virus to others. You should not donate blood, plasma, body organs, or sperm.
HIV-positive women who plan to get pregnant should talk to their health care provider about the risk to their unborn child. They should also discuss methods to prevent their baby from becoming infected, such as taking medicines during pregnancy. Breastfeeding should be avoided to prevent passing on HIV to infants through breast milk.
Read out all these information regarding AIDS and be aware of it.