About the Meanings AIDS stands for AcquiredImmuneDeficiency Syndrome Acquired means you can get infected with it ImmuneDeficiency means a weakness in the body's system that fights diseases. Syndromemeans a group of health problems that make up a disease. AIDS is caused by a virus called HIV. HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus Human means isolated to the human species Immune-Deficiency means Lacking the ability to fight off infectious diseases Virus means a disease causing micro-organism HIV is the virus, AIDS is the disease If you have the HIV virus, you are HIV positive.
How Aids are Transmitted and some Misconceptions
How to prevent HIV PREVENTION IS THE ONLY CURE FOR HIV/AIDS. THERE ARE NO MEDICATION TO CURE HIV
When dealing with a person living with HIV/AIDS, you must treat them the way you would like to be treated if you were infected with HIV. More than sympathize, empathize with them. Assure them of family and social support. Allow them to be a part of the family as he/she was prior to contracting the disease. Encourage them to get back to their work as soon as soon as he/she is physically fit. HIV infection doesn’t require special rest. Keep them engaged in some activity, as being idle can lead them to depression and desperation. Make efforts to reduce their stress and strain. Encourage them to exercise, which can help them in prolonging their life. Provide them with a high protein, high vitamin diet and clean potable water preferably boiled or at least mineral water. Convince them to overcome all addictions such as tobacco, cigarettes, alcohol or other psychotropic/recreational drugs. Register them with a health care facility for regular check-up's and follow ups Immediately treat even minor ailments. However, it is not necessary to disclose their HIV status to the family physician. Dispose off blood stained tampons and bandages properly, either by flushing or burning them. Advice them to use safe sex (condoms) with their sex partner (spouse), even if partner is already HIV positive. Pursue them at any appropriate time, to build up their will power Provide foster care to the affected children. Help fight the discrimination meted out to them by hospitals, doctors, employers and society at large. Educate the family members and friends about HIV/AIDS, if they already know the HIV status of the patient.
DON’T: Don’t be judgmental towards the infected, it doesn’t help. Don’t try to probe as to how, when and where the person contracted the disease. Don’t make them feel guilty. Don’t discriminate them in their home/workplace Don’t separate them from spouse or children, since they are the best supporters for the infected. It is essential for them to spend quality time together with the family. Don’t use gloves in feeding the infected person or to wipe off his saliva, sweat, nasal secretions and tears Don’t share razors, tooth brush and other sharp objects with infected person or for that matter with any body else Don’t wash their clothes separately; this doesn’t infect others with the virus Don’t disclose the HIV status of infected person to friends, employer and colleagues Don’t humiliate the infected person, his/her spouse or children Don’t scare them of suffering and death. In the terminal stage, prepare them for a peaceful death. Don’t become vulnerable to the fake claims, false cures, witch hunters and the like. Don’t spend the entire available money limit in the first bout of illness; it may be the first of such illnesses in the pipeline. Make a proper planning of your spending capability. Don’t take many relatives to visit the patient in the hospital Don’t test for HIV repeatedly, once the presence of infection is established it remains there forever
^This graph shows the areas AIDS are spread in^ This graphs shows the ways AIDS are transmitted