The AIDS Virus
AIDS Prevention is everybody's responsibility!
Aids was first diagnosed in Australia in 1982. Since then it has spread at an
alarming rate. The virus can effect anyone. Its doesn't discriminate between
men and women. It doesn't judge us by our colour of our skin. It respects no
religion, it can effect every single one of us.
What's the difference between HIV and AIDS?
AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. HIV is the virus that
causes AIDS. AIDS is a serious condition in which the body's defences against
some illnesses are broken down. This means that people with AIDS can get
many different kinds of diseases which a healthy person's body would
normally fight off quite easily.
How long does it take for HIV to cause AIDS?
The length of time between being infected with HIV and being diagnosed with
AIDS depends on lots of different things.
These days, there are many drugs
that can be used to help people with HIV, and most doctors believe that a lot of
people can be treated for a very long time. Many people do not know exactly
when they were infected with HIV, and the length of time between this
happening and them being diagnosed with AIDS can be very variable.
So how do you get infected?
HIV is passed on in the sexual fluids or blood of an infected person, so if
infected blood or sexual fluid gets into your body, you can become infected.
This usually happens by either having with an infected person or by sharing
needles used to inject drugs with an infected person. People can also become
infected by being born to a mother who has HIV and a very small number of
people become infected by having medical treatment using infected blood...