HIV is a sexually transmitted disease that was once feared all over the earth. Today HIV and AIDs is not as fatal as cancer, which has no cure. Victims of it can now live longer as long as they can eat healthy meals and take their drugs according to their doctor’s instructions. The most important thing is a HIV test result. After getting tested you are either given a positive or a negative result. Prior to the test you are not considered positive or negative. Your condition at this point is unknown.
If you have had intercourse with a person you did not trust, either because you did not both get tested or did not use protection, you must get a HIV test now. I do not mean to say you are sick by now. It is just that having intercourse puts you in danger of catching an STD virus. The only way to know your status is getting tested. Perhaps you have recently had a condom slip up. One way that the HIV virus is transmitted is via body fluids such as semen and vaginal fluids.
If your condom broke without both of you noticing it, you got exposed to the germs. The quickest way to know if you obtained the virus is to have your blood or saliva screened. Now you do not have to face the nurses at the clinic. You can simply order a home-use kit and do the test personally. This kit is readily available on the internet. It is also affordable. Note that intercourse is not the only means of spreading the virus. There are people who get infected because of using same syringes, needles or dental swabs.
Abusing illegal drugs is wrong no matter how you look at it. If you know someone who abuses drugs through shared needles you can try to find help for them. They increase their risk of catching the HIV infection each time they use unsterilized needles and syringes. Perhaps you can talk them into joining a rehabilitation centre. Above all you should convince them to use a home HIV test kit. The first sign that most people suffer from after about two to six week of exposure to HIV is called seroconversion illness.
It manifests as a flu-like sickness and then disappears on its own. Then a person will live up to a decade without suffering more symptoms. This stage is called an asymptomatic HIV infection. Seroconversion illness may be accompanied by symptoms such as joint pains, sore throat, body rash, muscle pain, swollen glands and fever. During this time one can continue spreading the virus to the partners they come across.
It is for this reason that doctors recommend taking a HIV test regularly. If you live without knowing your status you might just wake very sick one day. This will be the time that your infection will have entered the last stage called AIDS. These days doctors prefer to call it the late stage HIV infection. It is the most deadly stage that triggers constant diarrhea, constant fatigue, dry cough, weight loss, blurred vision, fever, shortness of breath and swollen glands among others.