How do I confirm that I am HIV positive? This is a very commonly asked question. Unprotected sex is not the only way you can get infected, there are other ways too. You should know them and be careful. There’s blood transfusion, sharing razors, drug abuse, unsafe piercings and so on. Unprotected sex is one the most common causes of HIV. Make sure you take relevant tests for HIV immediately if you’ve had unprotected sex. Here are 5 tests that can help detect HIV.
All you need to do is be safe and make healthy lifestyle and sexual choices. In this video, Dr Shyam Mithiya, psychiatrist and sexologist, tells you how you can confirm HIV and how to deal with it. If you suspect that you have an HIV infection then there is an antigen test that you can do immediately. If the test is negative then you can repeat the test after six weeks. There is another test you can do at eight weeks to confirm. There are chances that the infection also means that
There is also a very common misunderstanding that being HIV positive means you have AIDS. Note this down if you want, contracting HIV does NOT mean you have AIDS. However, if you do not take care of yourself after testing positive for HIV, you might get AIDS if your CD4 count is below 200 cells/mm3. Once you contract HIV, it takes at least 10 years for the onset of AIDS. It is the most severe stage of HIV. Here’s where you can read about the difference between HIV and AIDS.
Also, if the mother is HIV positive, the baby can be born healthy without contracting the virus. Here is how to prevent transmission of HIV from mother to baby.
Hope you learn something and make the right decisions. Check out these 11 interesting facts about HIV/AIDS.
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Published: December 1, 2017 9:38 am | Updated:December 1, 2017 9:38 am