Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or AIDS is a syndrome that, as the name suggests, weakens the body’s immune system.
The infection is caused by a virus known as Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV and is transmitted through unprotected sex, use of needles already exposed to the virus, transfusion of unscreened blood and through gestation from an infected mother to her child.
Preventative Measures In order to prevent AIDS from spreading, we need to first know how it spreads.
There are three main ways in which HIV can move around from one person to another – unprotected sexual intercourse with an HIV positive partner, transfer of HIV from mother to child, either during pregnancy or during breast feeding, transfusion of blood and needle sharing amongst drug users.
There are treatments available but they can only inhibit the virus; they can’t eliminate it from the body entirely.
In these circumstances, it becomes imperative that we focus on prevention to get to the root of the problem.
Thanks to various myths and misconceptions about the syndrome, the virus spread like wildfire and infected millions of people before it could be contained.
The fact that it attacks white blood cells thereby weakening immunity is what makes it so deadly, since it undermines the human body’s defence and leaves people who are HIV positive at massive risk.
Therefore, any preventative measures need to take these factors into account.
Some things that one can do to protect themselves are: Preventive Measures for AIDSConclusion Since there is no cure for AIDS at the moment, prevention is definitely better than cure in the case of this disease.