Aids Still Kills

In 2014, nearly 37 million people in the world were living with HIV, and since 2000, 25.3 million have died from AIDS-related illnesses.

I remember when in the nineties saying the word AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) was a death sentence, I also remember the elderly sitting down to talk about the subject after dinner. Horror stories were heard about the forms of contagion. What if kisses, transfusions, manicures or use the same spoon. Situations that beyond their veracity frightened the listeners before the possibility that it happened to them.

Nowadays this is no longer the case. Thanks to the advancement of medicine to face the disease, we have relaxed on the subject. It is no longer ladies’ talk, nor do we feel our lives are threatened, and yet AIDS continues to kill. In 2014, nearly 37 million people in the world were living with HIV, and since 2000, 25.3 million have died from AIDS-related illnesses.

It is true that the numbers have decreased, but the disease remains a problem. For example, in 2014 low and middle-income countries (in Asia, Europe and Latin America) invested 20 thousand two hundred million dollars to deal with this disease, which if it has an advantage is that it is in our hands to stop it.

We have stopped being afraid of it because there are drugs that control it. We forget that life is not just about being alive, quality of life is essential for a good life. And although it is possible to live with AIDS, a life tied to drugs, opportunistic diseases, the risk of infecting those we love, it is too high a price when the only thing necessary is a responsible sexuality, and some care.

Because the best thing for health is prevention, I invite you to read Prevention mother is worth two

1. How is the disease spread?

In case you did not know, AIDS is transmitted mainly through the blood, which is where the virus is most concentrated. However, semen, vaginal secretions, pre-ejaculatory fluid and even breast milk contain, although to a lesser extent, the infection. Hence the importance that pregnant women receive treatment so as not to expose babies to contagion.

2. Behaviors you should avoid

As blood is the main carrier of the virus, you should avoid sharing needles or instruments that expose you to contagion. Say no to promiscuity and unprotected sex, preferably use condoms with water-soluble lubricant. Respect the procedures when dealing with patients, and keep in mind that before using blood or sperm for medical purposes, they must be analyzed.

3. What you should know about AIDS

There is no cure, nor is there a vaccine for now Even when you are medicated and controlled, your immune system is weak, which opens the door to other ills that can lead to death. These can be some types of cancer, kidney diseases, liver disorders, metabolic complications, sexual dysfunctions, cognitive damage (loss of memory, attention, speed of thought) and so on.

To all the care mentioned, it is important to add an annual exam to detect whether or not you have the virus. Maybe you can put your hands on fire for yourself, but I assure you that you cannot do it for third parties. An oversight in the health chain, a passion slip, a game that got out of hand is enough for you to face the sad reality that AIDS still kills.

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