Prevention


How to avoid AIDS?
  • Use Condoms.
  • Use of disposable Syringes & needles.
  • Avoid Multiple Partners.
  • Use of HIV free blood.
  • Proper treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Prevention is the only cure.
HIV is not spread by
  • Shaking Hands.
  • Eating Together.
  • Mosquito Bites.
  • Toilet Seats.
  • Drinking water or eating food from the same utensils used by infected person.
  • Sharing toilets.
  • Hugging or kissing.
  • Donating blood.
  • Working with people who are HIV infected.
  • Massage and rub each other’s bodies.
  • Swimming in pools used by people with HIV/AIDS.
  • Socializing or casually living with people with HIV/AIDS.
  • But if you have any cuts or sores on your hands make sure they are covered with plasters (band–aids).
  • HIV Infected individuals need more care & support.

Some other Information Blood products like plasma, Factor 8, Rh Factor, immuno–globulin, interferon, etc., also should not be accepted until one is sure that they have been screened for HIV. In case of requirement of blood always prefer to accept blood from family and friends instead of buying blood from professional donors as one cannot be sure of the quality of blood donated by him.

Donating blood does not carry the risk of transmission of HIV infection as the needles used for these purposes are sterile. You could rule out the risk of acquiring HIV infection when you go in for a blood–test if the equipment being used on you is sterile.

Menstrual blood of an HIV positive woman is infective. Mosquitoes are not capable of transmitting HIV infection as the HIV is not able to survive or replicate inside the intestine of the mosquito.

Medical personnel are at a potential risk of acquiring HIV infection as they have to deal with blood and other body risk is very minimal if precautionary measures such as use of gloves, masks and goggles, are taken when handling potentially infected material. Dried blood is not infective as the HIV cannot live long outside the body and cannot survive in a dried form.