Raise Awareness about HIV Symptoms

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV, as it is commonly known, is a dreaded and deadly condition. Once infection sets in, its spread throughout the infected person’s body is irreversible. Unlike cancer, where a substantial number of patients experience full recovery, HIV is a disease one has to learn how to live with. However, steps can be taken to prolong an infected person’s life and help him or her achieve a passable standard of living. If proper measures are taken in a timely fashion, the disease can be contained, sparing loved ones from much of the trauma that comes from dealing with this debilitating illness. For instance, if HIV is detected in a pregnant woman early on, it is possible to prevent the transmission of the disease to her offspring.

1st December is observed as World AIDS Day throughout the globe. The primary aim on this day is to raise awareness about the disease and educate people on various methods of prevention. HIV and AIDS are silent killers that can slowly destroy your life and the lives of your loved ones. Hence, it is pertinent that you keep yourself informed of how to avoid it, and more than that, how to detect symptoms of AIDS and HIV in its early stages.

Within 2–5 weeks of getting infected, one may feel some common symptoms, which include fever, chills, flu-like symptoms, rashes, muscle ache, fatigue, swelling, ulcers, sore throat, etc.

As the permanent cure for HIV and AIDS has not been discovered yet, the slightest suspicion that you might be carrying this disease based on the clustering of these symptoms or their regular occurrence, is cause to get yourself tested for early detection. If the condition is diagnosed early, there is a good chance of containing the HIV virus. However, when the diseases progresses to AIDS, that is when the real problem occurs.

Awareness programs about HIV and AIDS aim to help people understand common HIV symptoms and encourage them to get tested at the earliest sign of trouble. The best way to raise awareness is to engage people in discussion. People have a taboo when it comes to talking about sex. They are not aware of hygiene practices to be observed during sexual intercourse. This makes a person prone to STDs.

Though everyone must have heard about it, only a handful actually know about the deadly nature and symptoms associated with the disease. Awareness programs should also focus on promoting safe sex practices, and advise on general prevention to check the spread of the disease.

A body afflicted with AIDS shows more complicated symptoms — extreme fatigue, diarrhoea, vomiting, constant fever, sore lymph nodes, pneumonia, weight loss, blotches on skin, depression, memory issues, etc. The exchange of sexual fluids, saliva, semen, infected breast milk and other bodily fluids are the usual ways in which HIV is spread.

Knowledge about HIV and AIDS should be made readily available to youths. Making the youth aware of HIV helps prevent the disease in the long run. Running campaigns in schools, colleges, universities and residential colonies is one of the best ways to curb the disease. An awareness drive should aim at getting people to talk freely about their sex practices so that recommendations can be made to ensure a safe sex routine. These include the use of condoms during sexual intercourse and the limiting of the number of sex partners one has. Sexually active people should also get tested for STDs once or twice a year.

If you are looking for a HIV clinic in Singapore , the author of this article recommends Shim Clinic.