4 Things Every Person Should Know About HIV

HIV dating is no longer a taboo and it is important to have your facts straight before you take your relationship to the next level. Whether you are HIV positive or your partner is, you have to possess the basic knowledge about this illness. Don’t be surprised that we are bringing this up since many people don’t know some elementary things about the virus.

Should Know About HIV

HIV isn’t a death sentence

Well, it is not anymore. Thanks to the modern medicine, people who are HIV positive can lead a long, happy and productive life. But let us start with the basics. You probably know that HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. This virus weakens the immune system so much that body can’t successfully fight other diseases such as common flu, for instance.

How can I get infected?

HIV is transmitted through fluids such as blood, semen, vaginal fluid, breast milk and rectal fluids. Having unprotected sex or sharing needles increase the risk of infection. Nevertheless, knowing the basic facts about HIV will help you stay protected.

Can you tell if a person is positive?

Yes, because every HIV positive person is obligated to have a huge HIV tattoo on their left forearm. Actually no, one of the reasons why this virus is so dangerous is because people usually have no idea they are positive until they get tested. In the meantime, they might infect someone else. Some people experience symptoms that are similar to catching a cold.  Namely, their throat starts to hurt, which is usually accompanied by headaches and pain in muscles and joints. And since these symptoms are flu-like, many people ignore them.

Will I get infected if I have unprotected sex with a positive person?

It is the same as asking will a girl get pregnant if she has unprotected sex. She could, but she might not. Basically, it is a huge gamble and a game of numbers. The more times you have unprotected sex, the greater are the chances that you will get infected. So don’t risk your health for one wild night. Use condoms every time you have sex since they will protect you from HIV as well as other STDs. You can buy them in every store and they are cheap, so you don’t have an excuse not to use them.

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