AIDS: 15 Things You Should Know (Part 1)

AIDS is a very scary disease that, thankfully to medicine and modern science, is able to be controlled. In the modern day, it is even more crucial to know as much about this STI as possible. Here are some things about AIDS that you should definitely know. Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!

Number Fifteen: It Takes Up to 10 Years to Form

Despite it being one of the most feared things to contract, AIDS actually takes a long time to change from HIV. On average, it takes about 10 years in each case for it to do so.

Number Fourteen: It’s Not Obvious At All

Many people who have the virus may be thinking that they have a common cold. There are even some people who don’t have any symptoms. It is always good to get tested just to make sure that you’re in the clear.

Number Thirteen: It Originates from Two HIV Strands.

HIV, which is the predecessor to the worse virus, is not just one kind of strand. There are HIV 1 and HIV 2, found in small African monkeys and chimpanzees. The first of the two is more dangerous and is what usually infects people.

Number Twelve: It’s Not Just Transmitted Sexually

Indeed, the virus is known to be an STI, however, that being said, there are more ways to transmit the disease. All exchange of body fluids (from an infected individual) can infect the other, which includes blood, milk, semen, vaginal fluids, and more. Be careful!

Number Eleven: You can Have HIV Without AIDS

One of the most important things to realize about HIV is that it doesn’t automatically mean that the infected person also has AIDS. Yes, having HIV is required for those in order to have the disease, but if you’re able to keep HIV from changing, it shouldn’t progress to AIDS.

Number Ten: No One is Safe

Unfortunately, everyone is just as vulnerable to the sickness. To avoid being infected, it is most important to use protection during sex (such as condoms), avoid drug needle injections and other cases where bodily fluids may be shared.

Number Nine: It Can’t Be Contracted Through Ingesting Infected Blood

There’s a rumor that states a person can get HIV and eventually AIDS from consuming the blood of an infected person (especially while cooking). This is completely false. The virus usually dies very quickly outside of the host. It’s so important to stay educated on this topic. Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!