AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is a deadly disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that gradually destroys the immune system of the infected person. HIV makes it difficult for the body to fight infections. Once the HIV virus enters the body the immune system breaks down and all diseases, viruses, and infections can attack the person easily.
The first signs of an HIV infection may be swollen glands and symptoms of flu. These may come and go a month or two after the infection. More severe symptoms may appear months or even years later.
The virus CAN be transmitted from person-to-person through sexual contact, blood or, more often, by needle sharing, Mother to the child a pregnant woman can give the virus to the fetus through their shared blood circulation, or a nursing mother through breast milk
The virus CANNOT be transmitted by Shaking hands, Hugging & kissing, Sneezing
Touching unbroken skin or Using the same toilet Sharing personal things like towels & clothing
Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and nonfat protein. Healthy foods keep you strong, give energy, and support the immune system.
1. Immunization may help people with weakened immune systems to prevent infections such as pneumonia and the flu.
2. Take care of pets and animals in your neighborhood. Animal carrying parasites
may cause infections from people who are HIV-positive.
3. Avoid unprotected sex.
4. Never share contaminated needles, syringes, and other injecting equipment and drug solutions when Injecting drugs.
5. Never take unsafe injections or blood transfusions, or undergo medical procedures that involve unsterile cutting or piercing.
6. Ensure sterilized needles if you are getting a tattoo.