I know that you know full-form of HIV and AIDS. Many of us might be knowing the dangers of AIDS. But still, I want to write a blog producing the AIDS related facts.
UNAIDS and the WHO estimate that AIDS has killed more than 25 million people since it was first recognized in 1981, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history.
AIDS epidemic claimed an estimated 3.1 million (between 2.8 and 3.6 million) lives in 2005 of which more than half a million (570,000) were children.
Globally, between 36.7 and 45.3 million people are currently living with HIV
In 2005, between 4.3 and 6.6 million people were newly infected and between 2.8 and 3.6 million people with AIDS died, an increase from 2004 and the highest number since 1981.
So it becomes important to know how HIV can/cannot spread.
HIV is spread through the following body fluids:
Blood (including menstrual blood)
Semen and other male sexual fluids ("pre-cum")
HIV is not spread through these body fluids:
And with above facts, we all know that there is no known cure for HIV disease. Man cannot make mistake in this case because the fact is no God is so powerful to cure anyone from AIDS.
The only way left for rest of us is “Prevention”-Preventing HIV to spread. We are little lucky in this matter as preventions are easy and that too without disturbing our daily life we all must follow it.
Never re-use or share needles
Safer sex (sex using condoms or other barriers correctly and consistently) protects you and your partner.
Oral sex can be risky for the person performing it, particularly if he or she swallows semen, vaginal fluids, or menstrual fluids. Use condoms even while oral sex. In now days, condoms are available in many flavors (specially made for oral sex).
Sharing sex toys without sterilizing them can be dangerous.
Mutual masturbation (hand jobs) and fisting (using a hand to penetrate the anus or vagina) are relatively risk-free, as long as your hand has no open cuts or sores.
Sexual assault can result in infection if the assailant is HIV+. In major cities, PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) is often offered to victims of sexual assault. This month-long treatment reduces the likelihood of HIV infection substantially.
HIV+ mothers can pass the virus to their babies while pregnant, during birth, or by breastfeeding. (New medical techniques have almost eliminated the risk of a baby getting HIV from its mother when precautions are taken.)
Kissing is not a problem until any partner has significant dental problems.
Everyone should check themselves for HIV. At least, go through HIV test before marriage and becoming pregnant.
Be faithful to your partner. So at least you never become a reason for death of someone you care.
The problem with people is lack of awareness. Do you know that the 1st December is AIDS day ? Do you know it was celebrated with the theme “Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise” ? Many knows, many do not. And the later 'many' makes difference making all efforts of kind people into vain.
We, so called Information Technology literates, should spread this message among ourselves and others. I have given some good links which discuss HIV, AIDS and it's preventive techniques. http://www.thewellproject.org is most important.
Have some readings here.
Simple information about HIV, AIDS and prevention techniques.
Comprehensive information about AIDS, little-bit technical.