What Is HIV?
HIV is short for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. This is a virus that affects the human body by attacking immune cells that help fight infections and diseases. Once the virus gets in the body, the body cannot get rid of it. The reason the body cannot eliminate the virus is because it attacks T-Cells or CD4+ cells. If not properly managed, the virus can kill the host cells and replicate over time. Without treatment, HIV leads to AIDS which stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. A person who tests positive for HIV does not necessarily have AIDS. It can take time for HIV to show any symptoms and in some cases; it can take over a decade.
The best way to know your status is to get a HV test. Though there is still no HIV cure, there is HIV treatment which help a positive person live a long healthy life. CDC reports show that there are over 1.2 million people living with HIV. There are over 250,000 people who are positive and are not aware they have the virus.
Is HIV The Same As AIDS?
No, these two are different. HIV refers to the virus while AIDS is the most advanced stage of the infection. The AIDS stage refers to when the immune system is damaged and does not have the ability to fight infections and diseases. Most people living with HIV use antiretroviral medications which suppress the infection. This slows down the damage to the immune system and helps improve the health of the infected. Using the antiretroviral medication can also help reduce the transmission risk.
Getting A HIV Test
KnowMyStatus.life offers two HIV blood tests that have been approved by the FDA.
– Antigen/Antibody Test –This is a HIV 4th generation blood test that screens for the existence of HIV p24 antigens and antibodies. These develop to fight the HIV infection. P24 antigen concentration is highest in the first few weeks of the initial infection. This means that a test that screens these antigens is most effective in detecting early HIV infection. Our test can detect HIV antibodies within 3 to 4 weeks after exposure.
– The other test is the RNA early detection test which screens for the genetic material of HIV. This test is highly effective and can detect the HIV virus within 9 to 11 days after infection.
Where Can I Get A HIV Test?
KnoMyStatus.life has over 4500 testing centers around the United States where you can get tested. Just provide your location and you will get a list of HIV testing centers near you. Complete the order and the testing process starts. If you need any assistance you can give us a call and our specialists will guide you through the process.
IS There A HIV Cure?
There is currently no HIV cure. Until major health organizations release an official statement of a viable HIV cure, we can only continue depending on the available treatment options. The treatment options allow people to live long healthy lives.
Who Is At Risk Of Getting HIV?
Anyone can get HIV. Unprotected vaginal and anal sex puts you into greater risk of infection. Having multiple sex partners and having an STD can increase the risk. People who use intravenous drug injection equipment are also at a high risk of HIV infection. It is also possible for an infected mother to transmit the virus to their child during the pregnancy, childbirth process, and breastfeeding. It is important to note that you cannot get HIV from fecal matter, urine, tears, sweat or saliva.
What Happens When HIV is Untreated?
If HIV is not treated, it can lead to AIDs which can lead to death. Untreated HIV can cause severe damages to the immune system which makes it impossible for the body to fight diseases and infections including those that it can fight without the help of medication. When the immune system is compromised, it leaves the infected individual prone to opportunistic diseases and cancers. The period it takes for HIV to move to the AIDS stage varies with people.
How Do I Prevent HIV?
The best way to prevent HIV infection is to abstain from sex and from intravenous recreational drug injections. If abstaining is not an option, you should ensure you use protection when engaging in sexual activities. It also helps to be in a monogamous relationship where both of you have tested negative.
If you are intending to get into a new sexual relationship, you might want to get a HIV test.
Know your status. Get an accurate HIV test today.