Last year I had a friend diagnosed with HIV. At the time of diagnosis, he was actually so sick that he was admitted to the hospital and classified as having AIDS. The difference between HIV and AIDS is based only on the blood count. With the assistance of a twice daily 'cocktail', he is alive and well and holding in HIV status. However, there are side effects including serious weight gain and his liver is beginning to experience problems due to the heavy chemicals in the medicine. The combination of medicines he takes is frequently changed due to the nature of the virus. It is a constant ball and chain. In his particular case, he was exposed to the virus when he was raped. Many of his friends contracted the virus because the partner they were with tested negative when they started dating but were diagnosed three or four months later. In one case a girl contracted the virus from her fiance who got it from his ex-girlfriend whose ex boyfriend was an IV drug user.
Know your partner and their history.
* HIV/AID infects on average 4 million people worldwide each year, and threatens the health of 33 million.
* One in every four patients do not even know they have the HIV virus
* On a global level the number of reported HIV cases alone is: OCEANIA
- 53,000+ (11,000+ in 2007) CARIBBEAN
- 210,000+ (15,000+ in 2007) NORTH AFRICA/MIDDLE EAST
- 270,000+ (16,000+ in 2007) NORTH AMERICA
- 480,000+ (40,000+ in 2007) WESTERN & CENTRAL EUROPE
- 600,000+ (19,000+ 0n 2007) EAST ASIA
- 620,000+ (21,000+ in 2007) EASTERN EUROPE & CENTRAL ASIA
- 1.2 million+ (70,000+ in 2007) LATIN AMERICA
- 1.4 million+ (47,000+ in 2007) SOUTH & SOUTH EAST ASIA
- 3.3 million+ (180,000+ in 2007) SUB SAHARAN AFRICA
- 20+ million (1.4+ million in 2007)
(To put this into smaller perspective in California alone the cases of reported HIV
went from 8,299 - 22,646 in 2007 so far.)
Educate yourself, your loved ones, youth and even strangers.
The more we know and the more pro-active we become, the better.
Here are a few links concerning this topics.http://news.yahoo.com/s/hsn/20071130/hl_hsn/moreyoungamericansarecontractinghivhttp://www.cdc.gov/hiv/default.htmhttp://hivinsite.ucsf.edu/http://www.unaids.org/en/