HIV Transmission: Facts you should know about

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Viral News Boy :- HIV is a virus that destroys the immune system. Untreated HIV affects and kills T cells.

The virus isn’t transferred in air or water, or through casual contact because HIV inserts itself into the DNA of cells.

HIV is a lifelong condition and at the moment, there’s no drug that eliminates HIV entirely from the body.

Without treatment, a person with HIV is likely to develop a serious condition called the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, known as AIDS

Anyone can contract HIV in bodily fluids that include:

1. Blood

2. Semen

3. ‘Veejay’ and rectal fluids

4. Breast milk

Some of the ways HIV is transferred from person to person include:

(a) It can be transferred through intercourse which is the most common route of transmission

(b) One can contract HIV by sharing needles, syringes

(C) This can happen by sharing tattoo equipment without sterilizing

(d) An HIV mother can transfer the virus to the baby through breastfeeding

(e) Through chewing a baby’s food before feeding it to them

(f) The virus can also be transmitted through a blood transfusion or organ and tissue transplant.

 

 

You cannot get HIV through:

Skin-to-skin contact

Hugging, shaking hands, or kissing

Air or water

Sharing food or drinks,

Saliva, tears, or sweat unless mixed with the blood of a person with HIVSharing a toilet, towels, or bedding

Mosquitoes or other insects

If a person living with HIV is receiving treatment and has a undetectable viral load, it may be impossible to transmit the virus to another person.

The time between exposure to HIV and when it becomes detectable in the blood is called the HIV window period. Most people develop detectable HIV antibodies within 23 to 90 days after transmission.