Interesting Facts About AIDS You Didn’t Know.

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Interesting Facts About AIDS You Didn’t Know.

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. A person is termed to be HIV positive when they are found to be infected by this virus. As the disease progresses it eventually eats away at the immune system of the patient, causing a number of opportunistic infections to take hold along the way.  AIDS or Acquired Immunodeficiency Disease is a host of conditions that are associated with the loss of one’s immune system – according to the CDC when a person’s CD4 count is below 200 cells/mm3.  This is the most severe stage of the infection. HIV and AIDS are different and a person who is HIV positive does not necessarily have AIDS. Continue reading to know some Interesting Facts About AIDS You didn’t know.

1. HIV is caused by a retrovirus: A retrovirus is a RNA based virus which undergoes reverse transcription. Other diseases caused by a Retrovirus are Lentivirus-induced Equine Anemia and Osteopetrosis

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2. Anyone can get HIV: There is a common belief that HIV is a poor man’s disease, but today this stereotype is being broken. A large number of upper middle class and affluent people are infected with the virus and is not more confined to a class in society. The disease can infect the rich, poor, young, old man or woman.

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3. A HIV positive person can have normal children: With the advances in medicine it is possible for an HIV positive parent to have a normal and uninfected child.  All the mother has to do is take the appropriate medication and advice during her pregnancy. The medication helps in preventing the crossing over of the virus from the mother to the baby. Therefore, with the proper care an HIV positive person can have a perfectly healthy baby.

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4.The symptom of HIV/AIDS are very often missed: The symptoms of HIV/AIDS very often mimic the symptoms of other very common diseases like the common cold or flu. While a person infected with the virus may experience symptoms within 2-3 weeks of being infected it may take up to three months. There are also some people who may be absolutely asymptomatic. The common symptoms of the condition are fever, rash, chills, sore throat, rash, night sweats,fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, muscle aches and ulcers in the mouth.

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5. World has progressed in the war against aids: As a result of recent advances in access to antiretroviral therapy (ART), HIV-positive people now live longer and healthier lives. In addition, it has been confirmed that ART prevents onward transmission of HIV.

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Lets join hands together to fight this deadly disease by sharing these interesting facts about AIDS with everyone.

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