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WHY I DON`T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT HIV?
WHY I DON`T WANT TO TAKE THE HIV TEST?
BECAUSE IT DOES NOT CONCERN ME!
SO THINK MOST OF PEOPLE ...

DAILY ABOUT 16 000 PERSONS IN THE WORLD GET INFECTED WITH HIV INFECTION.
HIV DOES NOT SEPARATE PEOPLE ON STATUS, EDUCATION OR NATIONALITY.

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HIV AND AIDS

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. This virus attacks and destroys the body’s immune system – the system that fights against infections.

AIDS, or acquired Immunodeficiency syndrome, is the late stage of the infection caused by HIV.

A person living with HIV can look and feel healthy for a long time. However, HIV weakens the body’s immune system until it can no longer fight off diseases and infections.

Nowadays, HIV is no longer a fatal acute illness, but instead a chronic disease. If you know your HIV Nowaday current HIV status and antiretroviral treatment is initiated early, you can live a long and productive life.

There is a limited number of ways in which HIV can be transmitted:

  • By having unprotected sex without a condom.
  • Through contaminated blood, mostly by sharing needles, syringes and other injection equipment, tattooing, or receiving blood transfusions and blood products.
  • From HIV-positive mother to child during pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding.

    There is NO risk of acquiring HIV through casual day-today contacts and activities, such as:

  • Sharing communal transport or public areas;
  • Hugging each other or shaking hands;
  • Using the toilet seat after someone who is HIV positive or sharing a shower cabin, swimming pool or sauna;
  • Kissing;
  • Coughing or sneezing;
  • Through insect or other animal bites.
  • Be faithful to your sex partner, and avoid casual sex;
  • Use condoms every time you have sex;
  • Never use shared shavers or other personal hygiene items;
  • Avoid contact with someone else’s blood;
  • If you are going to get a tattoo or perform injection or other manipulation when the skin is cut, make sure that only single-use or properly sterilised medical instruments are used.
  • HOW DO I FIND OUT MY HIV STATUS?

    To learn your HIV status, you need to take an HIV antibody screening test. Clinicians recommend conducting antibody testing in three months after suspected HIV exposure, following up with a repeated test at the six-month mark. That’s because of the so-called window period – the period after exposure to HIV but before the development of antibodies that a lab test can detect. For most people, the window period does not exceed 3 months, but in some cases it may extend up to 6 months. A person in the window period can transmit HIV to others.

    Why early HIV testing is important (if tested HIV positive):

  • It can help receive the necessary medical care and specialised antiretroviral therapy without delay,
  • It provides for efficient control of HIV and prevention of opportunistic infections, and
  • One can take steps to protect their sex partners from becoming infected by using barrier prevention methods in a consistent way.
  • Several testing methods can be used to detect antibodies to HIV:

    Rapid tests on oral fluid that can be self-administered. Oral rapid test kits are easy to use and can be purchased at pharmacies. If a positive result received from a rapid test, it will need to be confirmed by follow-up lab testing in a specialised medical setting.

    Blood-based laboratory tests are the most common and most accurate method to know one’s HIV status. Lab testing is conducted only in specialised medical settings and testing centres that provide HIV pre- and post-test counselling.

    In a rapid test, results are generated in about 10 to 20 minutes. In laboratory testing, results can be available within 1 to 10 days after blood collection.