Dispelling The AIDS Myths Once And For All
Although we have been aware of AIDS now for over 30 years, this modern day scourge is still vastly misunderstood. Due the fact that the first stars
that we were told to be suffering from from it were homosexual, Rock Hudson, Freddie Mercury et al, it was quickly dubbed `the gay plague`. The
rumor mill went into overdrive and suddenly you could catch it by touching, kissing and eating from the same crockery as a sufferer, all of which was a
complete load of rubbish obviously!
The first step to developing AIDS is to be infected by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV. This results in the diagnosis that you are HIV
positive. AIDS is actually the latter stages of this virus, but you do not die from AIDS, you die from the fact that it completely destroys your immune
system, so even a common cold can proved fatal. Pneumonia is one of the most common causes of death for AIDS sufferers.
Only 20 years ago, being diagnosed as HIV positive was a death sentence, thankfully this is no longer the case. Thanks to the inception of drugs such
as AZT, which are known as antiretrovirals, the life expectancy of a new diagnosed HIV suffer is now 49 years. These drugs don`t cure HIV, sadly
there is no cure as yet, but they keep the immune system ticking over so that it fights off the outside infections that can cause fatality.
The only way to be infected by the HIV virus is by the bodily fluids of a sufferer to enter the system of another. The main sources of transmission are
blood (including menstrual), semen, breast milk and vaginal fluids. You can NOT contract HIV through saliva, tears or sweat. There are to very simple
ways to ensure that you don`t contract the virus; drug users should never share needles, and you should never have unprotected sex, heterosexually
So, if it so easy to avoid, why are there still so many being diagnosed with HIV every day? I wish I could answer that, but sadly I can`t. Alcohol is
widely blamed, as in you get so hammered you have sex with a