A Simple Guide To Aids and HIV

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Freddy Mercury, Charlie Sheen, Magic Johnson and Eazy-E. Each of these men are extremely well known in their fields and you’ve probably heard of at least one of these famous men. Did you know that all four either lived or are living with HIV?

As it’s the final day of Movember where we focus on the importance of male health, it’s crucial that we start the final month of the year with this thought still at the forefront of our minds as we see in the international event that recognises of one of the most taboo diseases within males.

But what is HIV and AIDS?

  • HIV is a virus that damages the cells in your immune system and weakens your ability to fight everyday infections and diseases.

 

  • AIDS is the name used to describe a number of life-threatening infections and illnesses that occur when your immune system has been damaged by the HIV virus.

 

  • While AIDS can’t be transmitted from one person to another, the HIV virus can by having sex without a condom, sharing needles with others, and transmission from mother to baby during pregnancy, birth or breast-feeding. It is found in the body fluids (eg semen, vaginal and anal fluids, blood and breast milk) of an infected person. It’s a fragile virus and doesn’t survive outside the body for long.

 

  • Most people experience a flu-like illness after contracting HIV, which lasts for a week or two. Once these symptoms disappear, HIV may not cause any symptoms for many years, although the virus continues to damage your immune system. This means many people with HIV don’t know they’re infected.

 

  • There is currently no cure for HIV, but there are various effective drug treatments that enable most people with the virus to live a long and healthy life.

 

What is World AIDS Day?

On the 1st December 2017, we aim to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS. People all over the world will wear red with pride, without fear, shame or stigma in aid of the See Red campaign.

On World AIDS Day, the colour red represents solidarity, love and remembrance.

The more we See Red, the sooner we will end the HIV epidemic. We’re closer than ever to beating HIV.

Join the movement, stay passionate and keep fighting until HIV stigma is a thing of the past.

 

By Mae Lonsdale (Applied Psychology Year 2)

 

Here are some helpful links that you may find useful:

Terrance Higgins Trust: http://www.tht.org.uk/

NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hiv-and-aids/

Sexual Healthline: 0300 123 7123

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