AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) is a disease caused by a virus called HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). The disease alters the immune system, making people much more vulnerable to infections and diseases. This susceptibility worsens as the AIDS progresses. It is a sexually transmitted disease that can enter through cuts, mouth, anus, vagina and penis. It is carried in blood, semen, vaginal fluid, breast milk and rectal fluids.
I have asked a community of peers to give me their questions about this topic, and here are my answers.
Q: Can you get aids by kissing someone with it?
A: Absolutely not! It is only transferable if you got their blood, semen, vaginal fluids, breast milk or rectal fluids in your mouth or other openings.
Q: Is aids treatable?
A: Yes. Aids can be inhibited by takin medicines that help stabilize your T cell counts. T cells help your immune system fight disease. However, there isn't a full cure for aids. We only have things to help with side effects.
Q: If a mom has aids, can she give it to her unborn child?
A: Yes. However, if the mother takes certain medicines early enough during the pregnancy, she can prevent passing it on to her child.
Q: Does aids have symptoms?
A: It depends on the person. Some have felt nausea, diarrhea, increased susceptibility to disease and fevers while others had no symptoms at all.
Q: How do I find out if I have aids?
A: If you go to a planned parenthood or a doctor, they can give you a test for aids and all sorts of STDs.
Q: I have aids. What's next?
Don't panic. Talk to your doctor about different courses of treatment. Therapy may be helpful to deal with emotions during this troubling time.
I hope these helped. Stay safe, readers!
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