Health there say is wealth and prevention there say is better than cure, so in this post we are going to look at the various ways to prevent HIV and AIDS. The world Health Organization (WHO) has reported that more than 1000 people globally die of HIV and AIDs daily and this report has called for action. HIV and AIDS have become really ramped around the world due to its massive rate of infected patients.
HIV prevention might refer to practices done to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. HIV prevention practices may be done by individuals to protect their own health and the health of those in their community, or may be instituted by governments or other organizations as public health policies.
Unfortunately, there is no vaccine to prevent HIV infection and no cure for AIDS. But it is possible to protect yourself and others from infection. That means educating yourself about HIV and avoiding any behavior that allows HIV-infected fluids, blood, semen, vaginal secretions and breast milk getting into your body.
So to help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, they are procedures you must follow in daily routine. They are as follows;
- Use a New Condom Every Time You Have Sex
If you don’t know the HIV status of your partner, it is always advisable to use a new condom every time you have anal or vaginal sex. Women can use a female condom.
- Consider the Drug Truvada
Use of the combination drug emtricitabine-tenofovir (Truvada) can reduce the risk of sexually transmitted HIV infection in those who are at high risk. Truvada is also used as an HIV treatment along with other medications. It is advisable to take the drug so as to help fight against contracting the deadly disease.
It is very important to consult your doctor before taking the drug. Truvada is used help prevent HIV infection; Truvada is only appropriate if your doctor is certain you don’t already have an HIV infection. Your doctor should also test for hepatitis B infection. If you have hepatitis B, your doctor should test your kidney function before prescribing Truvada.
- Tell your Sexual Partners if You Have HIV
It is very important to tell anyone you are having sex with that you are HIV-positive if you really are and stop keeping it as secret to yourself alone. Your partners need to be tested and to receive medical care if they have the virus for your own protection. The both of you need to know your HIV status so that you don’t infect each other.
- Use a Clean Needle
If you use a needle to inject drugs, make sure it is sterile and don’t share it. Take advantage of needle-exchange programs in your community and consider seeking help for your drug use. Try to keep your properties and surroundings clean always.
- If You Are Pregnant, Get Medical Care Right Away
If you are HIV-positive, you may pass the infection to your baby. But if you receive treatment during pregnancy, you can be able to prevent your baby from contacting the deadly disease.
If you follow these procedures I have stipulated above very well, then you will be able to prevent yourself and that of your family from contacting the deadly disease called HIV/AIDS.
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