#WorldAidsDay: Reasons Why You Should Know Your HIV Status Today

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It Is another World AIDS Day! Every 1st of December each year is set aside to mark this special day and the 2016 Theme is ”Hands Up for #HIV Prevention.” Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Hands up for #HIV prevention helps to speak to the very need to expand on HIV prevention education among young people. This will help them to know more about HIV, ways to avoid the virus and how to get help if tested positive.

Here are few reasons why you should get tested today:

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HIV interferes with your body’s ability to fight the organisms that cause disease, it damages the body’s immune system cells. This virus can be spread through unprotected s3x with an infected person, by sharing infected drug needles or through contact with the blood of someone who is infected.

HIV can also be transmitted through contact with an HIV-positive person’s infected body fluids, such as semen, pre-ejaculate fluid, va ginal fluids, blood, or breast milk, through needles contaminated with HIV-infected blood, including needles used for injecting drugs, tattooing or body piercing.

Have it in mind that women can also pass HIV to their babies during pregnancy or childbirth. If left untreated, HIV can within two to 15 years advance to AIDS, which can make people vulnerable to fatal diseases.

You can learn how to prevent further infection from HIV and other STDs through counselling offered at many HIV testing centres. Remember, antiretroviral drugs don’t keep you from passing the virus to others. It is still present in the body and can still be transmitted to others.

Aids online listed few ways to help prevent the spread of the virus: Abstinence, protect yourself if you are sexually active, do not share any sharp objects (Razor blade, clippers, needles etc) and if you are pregnant get tested as soon as possible.

To raise your hands up for HIV prevention, know your HIV status today.

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