How To Not Get HIV
If you are a sexually active person you will want to follow these tips on how not to get HIV. You probably already know that HIV is Human Immunodeficiency Virus that is spread from the mixing of bodily fluid such as blood, semen, and vaginal secretions. Although HIV is not the death warrant that it once was you still want to know how not to get HIV.
To not get HIV, you will need:
- Know the symptoms
- Knowledge. In order not to get HIV you will first need to understand how you can get HIV. HIV is spread through bodily fluids such as blood and semen. HIV can be spread through sexual encounters, the use of dirty needles, or even through a blood transfusion with infected blood. It is also important to know that even though a person may not be showing signs or symptoms if HIV they may still have the disease and be contagious. About ten years after having HIV it progresses into AIDS if the HIV remains untreated.
- Protection. Although you should always use protection, using a condom when having sexual relations with someone that is infected with HIV or AIDS or when you don’t know a person’s sexual history is especially important.
- Symptoms. The beginning symptoms of HIV include fever, headache, rash, sore throat, and lymph glands that are swollen. Symptoms that appear further along are weight loss, fever, cough, shortness of breath, swollen lymph nodes, and diarrhea. Untreated people will progress into having AIDS. As the progression into AIDS happens symptoms can include all of the symptoms listed above and night sweats, chills, mouth lesions and sores, fatigue for no apparent reason, and vision problems.