HIV Basics

Knowing Is Protection


Having the fear of having a medical consultation is not unique. Prepare yourself by reading about the HIV test by pressing the buttons on the various topics below and learning about HIV.


What is HIV?

HIV is the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It is a virus that enters the body of a person. HIV affects the immune system, specifically T-Cells or CD4 cells that are resistant to infection. In other words, the virus destroys T-cells so that the immune system of a person with untreated HIV infection is not resistant to diseases and infections.

What is AIDS?

This is the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. AIDS is caused by HIV and is a final stage in the presence of such an infection. A person with HIV can live a long time without any signs or signs of illness. When enough T-cells have been destroyed or damaged, it compromises the ability of the body to fight infection and disease, leading to AIDS.

How is HIV transmitted?

HIV is transmitted in the following ways:

HIV is not transmitted or transmitted to others by the following:

  • Saliva
  • Vinegar
  • Dung
  • Cold
  • Tears
  • Sweat
  • Urine

How to avoid infection?

There is no cure or HIV vaccine. However, HIV can be treated and prevented.

Here are some ways to reduce your risk of getting infected:

Use of Condoms: If you are sexually active, always use a condom every time you have sex. The condom is very effective in preventing HIV transmission to others.

Use a clean needle: If you are injecting drugs, use a fresh and clean needle.

Talk about sex history: Knowing your partner’s or partner’s HIV status will help you avoid transmission of HIV such as condom use. 25% of Americans with HIV do not know they have been infected. Test you both simultaneously.

Sexually: If you are drinking or using drugs, it is more likely that you will not use a condom and have safe sex. If you feel like you need drugs or alcohol, ask for help.

HIV Test: Having sexually transmitted diseases like Chlamydia, leukemia or syphilis increases your fear of HIV infection. Many sexually transmitted diseases do not show signs or symptoms that are immediately noticeable. Please be informed (it is free) at clinics supported by AHF Philippines. For location, hit press it.

There is no cure or vaccine for HIV. However, HIV is treatable and preventable.


Many people with HIV do not experience symptoms until the last stage of the disease. In fact, the virus can survive in your body for up to 10 years or more without the obvious symptoms. Excessive fatigue, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever and body muscle damage, are just a few of the symptoms of the last stage of the illness – where this disease has led to AIDS.

These symptoms are often caused by a variety of temporal impairments that can not be fought by the body due to poor immune system. In the first 2 weeks to 30 days after the infection – where the number of viruses are high inside the human body, this one may be able to do something – some may experience flu-like symptoms . It is important to remember that anyone with HIV may experience similar symptoms.

If you are HIV positive

While HIV is a serious illness, it is important to remember that it is treatable. Many people with HIV and AIDS live long, healthy, and productive. HIV is no longer a “death sentence.” Since 1995, drugs have been known as anti-retroviral effective antidepressants. In fact, the medicine is very effective and some that regularly and regularly drink it can not detect the number of viruses in the body. If you are HIV positive, there is hope and help.

Treatment as prevention

Continuous treatment will not only provide you with health benefits. It also reduces the chance of transmission of viruses to other individuals. This is a good reason to start treatment after the outcome of HIV testing. If you have an “undetectable viral load ” there is a great chance that you can not transfer the virus to your partner. So taking ARV medicines is an effective method not to multiply the body’s virus.