Most Jamaicans don’t know that a person doesn’t actually "get" AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). People sometimes get infected with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), and later they might develop AIDS. You can get infected with HIV from anyone who's infected, even if they don't look very sick and even if they haven't been tested and confirmed HIV-positive yet. The semen, blood, vaginal fluid, and breast milk of people infected with HIV has enough of the virus in it to infect others.
Most times the HIV virus is transmitted by:
· Having sexual intercourse with someone who is infected;
· Being born infected because the mother is infected, or drinking the breast milk of a woman who is infected.
· Sharing a needle with someone who's infected;
Things Jamaican’s should keep in mind
Your risk of getting HIV or passing it to someone else depends on many factors. Do you know what they are? Here are a few health tips.
1. Use a condom
2. Abstaining from sex
3. Talking about HIV with your partner
4. Getting tested
It’s simple as ABC (A: Abstain B: Be faithful C: Condoms)
Have you been tested for HIV AIDS in 2010? Leave a comment.