HIV/AIDS

is one of the world’s

most deadly communicable diseases.

 Communicable diseases are diseases that you can "Catch" from someone else.

A communicable disease is a disease that spreads from person to person.

 

AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome)

is the final stage of HIV disease,

which causes severe damage to the immune system.

The virus compromises the body’s ability to handle disease and causes AIDS. This is a slow process, and positive people may not have symptoms for over a decade. - See more at: http://www.aidshealth.org/learn-about-it?gclid=CjkKEQjwh7ucBRD9yY_fyZe398gBEiQAAoy4JKN45jhebpW8SARRxg1BqKrMvfxueJrbBYhdCjwpLKLw_wcB#sthash.VXnQIEJC.dpuf

 The virus compromises the body’s ability to handle disease and causes AIDS.

This is a slow process, and positive people may not have symptoms for over a decade.

Many people with HIV live for 15 years or more before symptoms of AIDS appear.

Aids Ribbon

 

 

HIV/AIDS

Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

 gradually destroys certain blood cells that are important to the immune system.

It attacks the immune system and leaves the body vulnerable

to a variety of life-threatening infections and cancers.

AIDS is that condition at the ending phase of the

HIV infection in which an individual’s immune system is

so deteriorated that various infections and

cancers are easily allowed to enter the body.

This leaves the body very susceptible to opportunistic infections.



Common symptoms are:

 

*Chills

 

*Fevers

 

*Sweats (particularly at night)

 

*Swollen lymph glands

 

*Weakness

 

*Weight loss

 

Note: Initial infection with HIV may produce no symptoms.

Some people, however, do experience flu-like symptoms with

fever, rash, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes, usually 2 - 4

weeks after contracting the virus. Some people with HIV infection stay

symptom-free for years between the time they are exposed to the virus

and when they develop AIDS.


HIV/AIDS

Common bacteria, yeast, parasites, and viruses that ordinarily do not

cause serious disease in people with healthy immune systems can cause

fatal illnesses in people with AIDS.

When the body’s immune system is no longer able to defend against

HIV, the individual may contract any number of infections, such as

tuberculosis, pneumonia, fungal and yeast infections, and intestinal

infections.

 

HIV has been found in saliva, tears, nervous system tissue and spinal

fluid, blood, semen (including pre-seminal fluid, which is the liquid that

comes out before ejaculation), vaginal fluid, and breast milk. However,

only blood, semen, vaginal secretions, and breast milk generally transmit

infection to others.

 

HIV affects millions of people worldwide

HIV/AIDS

affects millions of people worldwide.

 

As a global pandemic,

HIV/AIDS affects our world and our communities.

 HIV/AIDS

The AIDS and HIV virus is a very dangerous disease that sees no race,

no color, no gender, no economic background

and not even a specific age group.

 

 

The virus can be transmitted:

Through sexual contact -- including oral,

vaginal, and anal sex.

Through blood -- via blood transfusions

or needle sharing.

From mother to child -- a pregnant woman can transmit the virus to her

fetus through their shared blood circulation, or a nursing mother can

transmit it to her baby in her breast milk.

 

Other methods of spreading the virus are rare and include accidental

needle injury, artificial insemination with infected donated semen, and

organ transplantation with infected organs.

 

People at highest risk for getting HIV include:
 

Injection drug users who share needles

Infants born to mothers with HIV who didn't receive

HIV therapy during pregnancy.

 

People engaging in unprotected sex,

especially with people who have other high-risk behaviors,

are HIV-positive, or have AIDS.

People who received blood transfusions or clotting products between

1977 and 1985 (before screening for the virus became standard practice).

Sexual partners of those who participate in high-risk activities (such as

injection drug use or anal sex).

 

HIV infection is NOT spread by:

*Casual contact such as hugging

*Participation in sports

*Touching items previously touched by a person infected with the virus.

 

 Get the Facts.


 

 

 AIDS

 

Abstinence is the only sure way

to prevent sexual transmission of HIV.

Safe-sex practices, such as latex condoms,

are highly effective in preventing HIV transmission;

however, there remains a risk of acquiring the infection

even with the use of condoms.

 

 

 

 Knowledge about HIV/AIDS is Power.

 

 

HIV affects millions of people worldwide
HIV affects millions of people worldwide
HIV affects millions of people worldwide

 The red ribbon is internationally recognized as

a symbol of the struggle around HIV/AIDS.

The red ribbon is intended to be a symbol of hope, solidarity, and a commitment

to the fight against HIV/AIDS.

It is being worn by increasing numbers of people around the world

to demonstrate their care and concern about HIV and AIDS –

for those who are living with HIV, for those who are ill, for those who have died,

and for those who care for and support people who are directly affected.

 

  May we increase our understanding and compassion

for people suffering with HIV/AIDS.

May we pray that those who are infected or affected

by HIV/AIDS will know God's love.

 

 It is our prayer that the search for a vaccine and cure to halt the suffering

is successful and the quality of life improves for those living with the virus.

 

  

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