Published on Jan 10, 2018 and last reviewed on Jun 29, 2019 - 2 min read
HIV affects the immune system and makes the body susceptible to various deadly infections. Read the article to understand ways you can prevent getting infected.
What Is HIV?
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is one of the most serious and deadly diseases of the modern era. Here, we talk about safeguarding ourselves from this disease.
How Is HIV Transmitted?
HIV can be transmitted in three main ways. Whenever there is HIV, all three routes of transmission are equally possible. Hence, it is essential to act effectively at each level of transmission to prevent further spread.
1. Sexual transmission
2. Transmission through blood
3. Mother to child transmission
How Can HIV Infection Be Prevented?
Among the above-mentioned routes, the sexual route is more common. At an individual level, one can protect oneself from HIV by the following methods. To reduce the risk of becoming infected with HIV during sex, follow the ABC approach.
This is especially true for the young age group. 60 % of all new HIV infections worldwide occur in young people. HIV is more prevalent than they believe it to be. So, most of them live under the dangerous notion that HIV/AIDS cannot happen to me. This is the age when they become aware of their body with the development of secondary sexual characters and may think of experimenting or showing off with disastrous results.
How to Use a Condom Properly?
If the condom is used correctly, it is highly effective in providing protection against HIV and also unwanted pregnancies and STDs. But, it is essential to be aware of the correct use of the condom:
The promotion of condom use can be gauged by the efforts taken by government bodies and NGOs to ensure its easy accessibility. Condoms should be readily available to all at a reasonable cost. The placement of automatic condom dispensers in various communities at discrete places would be a big step in the right direction in promoting condom use.
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