Yesterday Charlie Sheen made an announcement on the Today Show that he is HIV positive. In light of recent events there have been many incorrect facts flooding the news on HIV, it is important to know the HIV diagnosis is no longer a death sentence. Dozens of drugs are on the market now to treat the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Dr. Avni Mahiji is able to knowledgably comment on HIV (Prevention, Treatments, Myths, Vaccines, HIV vs AIDS, how to protect yourself if your partner is HIV positive) to help your readers understand exactly what the virus is and how to prevent contracting it.
HIV vs Aids
- HIV is a virus and particular exposure to it can lead to infection. HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. The name describes the virus: it infects humans only and it attacks the immune system, rendering it deficient and unable to work as effectively as it should.
- While HIV is a virus that may cause an infection, AIDS is a condition or a syndrome. Being infected with HIV can lead to having AIDS, which stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.
Common HIV Myths Clinically Proven False
- You can get infected with the HIV disease through mosquito bites.
- Getting diagnosed with HIV is a death sentence.
- Antiretroviral therapy (ART). ART isn’t a cure, but it can control the virus so that you can live a longer, healthier life and reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to others.
-Preventatives for those with an HIV positive partner. Talk to your doctor about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). PrEP is a way for people who don’t have HIV to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day. Along with other prevention methods like condoms, PrEP can offer good protection against HIV if taken every day.
-Talk to your doctor right away (within 3 days) about post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) if you think you have had a possible exposure to HIV.
-To reduce your risk of HIV infection practice safe sex.
-Don’t inject drugs, if you do make sure your equipment is sterile & properly dispose of the needle.
-Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an HIV prevention option for people who don’t have HIV but who are at high risk of becoming infected with HIV.
HIV Future Vaccines
-Therapeutic HIV vaccines:Are tested in people who are already HIV-positive but who have healthy immune systems.
-Preventive HIV vaccines:Are tested in people who are HIV-negative. Train the immune system to "recognize" and fight off HIV before it can establish infection and make the person sick.
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