How much do you really know about HIV? The sad reality is that most people do not know much about the virus or the disease it causes. And this lack of knowledge can contribute to many problems, including an unjustified prejudice or abuse of those with a disease.
Here are some less known facts about HIV that can surprise you:
You can not take HIV with kissing. While HIV is spread by blood, seeds, vaginal fluids, pre-sore liquids, rectal liquids, and breast milk, it is not transmitted by saliva. HIV simply can not survive in saliva, so there is no danger of the disease causing kissing. Saliva also contains enzymes and proteins that avoid infections. Both partners should have an open, bleeding wound in the mouth in order to get any chance of becoming HIV positive by kissing. That would be extremely rare.
HIV is not tolerated by tears or sweat. If there is no blood in these body fluids, HIV is not transferable if you touch someone who is crying or swallowed.
HIV can be transmitted for up to 42 days using the needle used. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HIV can survive on the needles used for 42 days.
HIV is not tolerated by sharing food, beverages or toilets.
HIV is not tolerated by shaking or embrace.
People with HIV have an increased risk of developing certain forms of cancer. Unfortunately, this is true. Because the immune system of a person suffers from HIV, there may be a greater risk of developing cancer, especially capsia sarcoma – a type of cancer of the nose, mouth, throat and blood vessels, lymphoma – types of lymphatic system cancer (including spleen, lymph nodes, mandibles and thymus) cervical cancer, lung cancer, anal cancer and oral cancer.
People living with HIV often experience pain Regardless of whether they have headaches, joint pain or abdominal pain, many people who are suffering from HIV also engage in chronic pain. In one study, 53% of people with HIV also suffered from pain. Pain usually has many possible causes, including HIV itself, nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy), cancer, other infections, or treatment with HIV.
HIV can be obtained from tattooing or piercing the body. While the CDC is unaware that anyone becomes HIV-positive in getting tattoos or body piercing, the agency states that it is possible if the needles have been exposed to HIV or the ink is shared.
A woman can transmit HIV to a baby or a baby. HIV can be transmitted during pregnancy, birth or during breast-feeding. However, treatment with HIV can reduce the risk of transmission in these times.
HIV is not transmitted through insects. Contrary to some popular beliefs, HIV is not transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks, or other insects.
Many early symptoms of HIV are similar to cold or flu. Early symptoms of HIV often include: fatigue, headaches, foreign bodies, coughing, sneezing, swollen lymph nodes, weight loss, nausea, diarrhea, runny nose or nasal bone, and it is difficult to distinguish between HIV and simple cold or flu. These symptoms usually occur within two to six weeks of the occurrence of the virus and can last between the week and the month.
HIV can cause sudden menstrual changes. Periods can change rapidly, including becoming lighter or heavier, or missing periods altogether, and menstrual cramps, breast tenderness, and fatigue may get worse.
People living with HIV have a higher risk of hepatitis C. Hepatitis C (HCV) is a viral state that causes inflammation of the liver. Both conditions are viral viruses and can spread through needles. According to the study in Lancet, people living with HIV are six times more likely to become infected with hepatitis C than those without disease. Because there are many similar symptoms between 2 conditions, hepatitis C may not be detectable.
People with HIV can live almost as long as those without it. With ongoing treatment, it is possible to live almost as long as those who do not have HIV.
A home test kit can be used to determine if you have HIV infection. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved 2 sets at the HIV testing home, including the HIV-1 Virus Testing System and the OraQuick HIV Testing Test. The first set includes a blood sample sent by mail to the testing laboratory, using an anonymous registry code that is provided. The results are usually available within 1 day of the laboratory receiving the blood sample. People call the same number using an anonymous code to receive laboratory results.
The latter system uses the saliva test and is available within 20 to 40 minutes. The person takes the tango of his upper and lower gums and adds a swab to the test solution. On completion, the result will be displayed on the test. Both tests have a 99.9% precision in determining negative results (without HIV); but they differ in their ability to determine positive results (with HIV) by examining blood at an accuracy of 99.7 percent and with a saliva test having a degree of precision of 91.7 percent. The blood test should be performed on the latter test. The FDA does not recommend the use of other types of sets at home.
Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, Doctor of Science, DNM is a free e-news publisher World health news, Cultural chef, co-founder BestPlaceinCanada, and the internationally best-selling and 20-time published author of books, whose work includes: Cancer-Proof: all natural solutions for the prevention and treatment of cancer. Follows her work.