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Putting It All Together: AIDS And Women

Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 14:57

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Here is a summary of the important facts and information related to AIDS And Women.

  • AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency, or immune deficiency, syndrome) is an advanced stage of a viral infection that attacks the body's disease-fighting immune system.
  • HIV (the human immunodeficiency virus) is the infectious agent that is the cause of AIDS.
  • Women can become infected with HIV through unsafe sexual contact with individuals infected with the virus, by sharing drug-injecting equipment, or (more rarely) by receiving a blood transfusion from an HIV-infected blood donor.
  • Women can prevent HIV infection through safer sex practices and avoiding contact with blood from an infected person.
  • Early symptoms of HIV infection include excessive fatigue, significant weight loss, and frequent infections.
  • Gynecological problems occur more frequently and are more severe in HIV-infected women than in uninfected women.
  • HIV/AIDS testing is available anonymously through clinics and requires a blood sample.
  • Not everyone who has HIV infection develops AIDS.
  • An HIV-infected woman can take precautions to substantially reduce the risk of infecting her baby during pregnancy or childbirth.
  • A number of drugs are available to help HIV-infected individuals live longer and healthier lives

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