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11 FACTS TO KNOW ABOUT HIV (Numbers 6 & 11 Will Shock You)

by Oba Samuel

11 FACTS TO KNOW ABOUT HIV (Numbers 6 & 11 Will Shock You)

11 FACTS TO KNOW ABOUT HIV (Numbers 6 & 11 Will Shock You)

11 FACTS TO KNOW ABOUT HIV (Numbers 6 & 11 Will Shock You)

HIV is a life-threatening disease that has been around for many decades, affecting people and it is not age-specific but can affect anybody at any age once there is a contact with an infected person.

Here are 11 facts to know about the Virus:

  1. It is widely believed that HIV originated in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo around 1920 when HIV crossed species from chimpanzees to humans.
  2. HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, which is the virus that causes HIV infection. The abbreviation “HIV” can refer to the virus or to HIV infection.
  3. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS ( Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) which is the advance stage of HIV infection.
  4. HIV is not AIDS, AIDS is not HIV
  5. A person living with HIV can still live a good life without progressing to AIDS if proper medication guidelines (antiretroviral drugs) are followed.
  6. HIV is preventable, treatable but incurable
  7. HIV is transferred to an healthy person basically through infected fluid: unprotected sexual intercourse with an infected person, mother-to-child transmission during pregnancy or breastfeeding; and HIV-contaminated blood from syringe, blade or other sharp objects
  8. HIV’s symptom is similar to some other diseases, so, could hide in the body for months or even years except a medical test is conducted before it progresses to AIDS
  9. People living with HIV are still vulnerable to other diseases which could be the cause of their death
  10. Many people with HIV looks perfectly okay, so, the only way to know is to do an HIV test
  11. A person diagnosed at age 25 who receives good medical care is estimated to live 40 more years

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