Lately, there has been a large increase in the number of cases of HIV/AIDS. Most especially, here in Cagayan de Oro. What saddens me the most is that the innocent people of Cagayan De Oro are actually not knowledgeable of how this disease is transmitted or how it affects each one of us. They are even afraid of the prejudices they might face, maybe this is one of the reasons why a lot of people are actually skeptic or hesitant in taking the test. For me, the main reason why people are hesitant about taking the test is the lack of knowledge of the disease.
So, KoiKai Channel decided to extend their voice to educate people about what is HIV/AIDS, how it is transmitted and how it affects our bodies.
What is HIV/AIDS?
Human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, is the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). The virus weakens a person’s ability to fight infections and cancer. People with HIV are said to have AIDS when they develop certain infections or cancers or when their CD4 (T-cell) count is less than 200. (Source: webMD.com)
How is HIV/AIDS acquired?
The news about HIV/AIDS being a sexually transmitted disease is actually outdated. According to experts, this is how you can possibly acquire HIV/AIDS:
- Having sex with an infected patient or someone with HIV/AIDS, in general.
- Sharing needles, syringes, or other equipment used to to prepare for injection with someone with HIV/AIDS. This goes the same with manicure and pedicure equipment too.
- Being born to a mother infected with the virus.
- Blood transfusions, blood products or organ/muscle transplant contaminated with HIV/AIDS.
- Eating foods pre-chewed by a person contaminated with HIV/AIDS.
- Oral sex and swallowing the semen.
There you go. HIV/AIDS is not acquired airborne or through animals rather they require physical contact whether directly or indirectly. If you think you are in danger of acquiring the disease, it is better to run blood tests as early as possible. Stay safe and healthy, fellow Kagay-anons.