HIV is the acronym for human immunodeficiency virus which is caused by retroviruses, a group of viruses that damage the cells of the immune system of the body. The body’s immune system tries to contain the virus but cannot withstand the damage caused by HIV. HIV destroys the ability of the body to fight diseases.

AIDS means acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. HIV causes AIDS. This happens when the body’s immune system is destroyed by the virus.

HIV/ AIDS Early Signs and Symptoms – STD Tests

Early signs and symptoms of HIV include headache, fever, nausea, tiredness, and diarrhea. The lymph nodes in the armpits, neck, or groins will also become enlarged. If you have any of these symptoms, HIV testing is recommended.

Most of the symptoms of HIV are the same as many other different viral infections. It is important that you get tested to detect whether or not you are infected with HIV. Most people infected with HIV do not exhibit signs and symptoms for many years after exposure.

HIV/AIDS Later Signs and Symptoms

Patients in late-stage infection of HIV will have symptoms of rapid weight loss, recurring fever, dry cough, pneumonia, swollen lymph glands, and white spots on the throat, tongue, or in the mouth, and profound and unexplained fatigue.

HIV/AIDS Treatment

HIV drug treatment is also known as combined antiretroviral therapy (CAR) or highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). Persons infected with HIV have different reactions to HIV drug treatment. Some people develop drug resistance while some experience side effects. This does ensure that the virus is not transmitted.

The different groups of drugs involved are Fusion inhibitors, Non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs), Protease inhibitors, Nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitors, and Nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs).

HIV/AIDS Prevention

You can avoid contracting AIDS by abstaining from sexual activity with multiple partners—male or female. You should have a monogamous relationship with only one uninfected partner. The risk of contracting AIDS can be prevented by avoiding sexual activity with anyone who belongs to a high risk group for AIDS, including prostitutes and drug users. If you persist in having sexual relations with multiple partners or anyone in a high risk category, get STD tested frequently to ensure you are STD free as well as your sexual partners. The use of condoms is highly recommended in halting the spread of STDs. If you test positive for ANY STD, inform any and all sexual partners so they can get tested and treated if necessary. Get Educated – Get Tested – Get Treated.


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Genital Herpes


Genital herpes is a highly infectious disease that affects genital areas.  A person can transmit genital herpes during sexual activity.  There is no medication that can totally cure genital herpes, only minimize the symptoms. Blisters are caused by genital herpes which can be found on and around men and women’s genitals.

Genital Herpes Signs and Symptoms – STD Tests

Genital herpes symptoms differ in various outbreaks.  It can be confusing since the symptoms are not limited to the genitals.

Itching, tingling, and redness are the most common symptoms of genital herpes.  Other signs include a distinct rash, localized chafing, tiny sores, bursting blisters, and tiny sores.

Genital Herpes Treatment

Testing is recommended as Herpes has no cure.  Outbreaks can be shortened and prevented with antiviral medications.  The transmission of genital herpes from one partner to another can be reduced by daily suppressive therapy. STD Tests

Genital Herpes Prevention

The best way to prevent genital herpes is to be in a monogamous long-term relationship with an uninfected partner or to abstain from sexual contact.

Both male and female genital areas can be affected by genital herpes.  Both areas that are covered and protected or not covered by latex condoms are still prone to infection by genital herpes. Latex condoms should be used correctly and properly.

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Facts About STDs


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  • Estimated number of Americans living with an STD: 65 million
  • Number of new cases of STDs every year: 19 million
  • Number of Americans who will get an STD in their lifetime:  1 in 4
  • Number of unsafe sexual contacts it takes to get an STD:  1
  • Number of Americans who have genital herpes:  45 million
  • Percentage of Americans who have herpes and do not know it: 35
  • Seconds it takes for a new person gets genital herpes:  30
  • Number of people living with HIV/AIDS in America:  468,578
  • Percentage of those people who are African-American: 44
  • Number of people living with HIV who have not been diagnosed:  1 in 5
  • Maximum number of days it takes to detect HIV with a DNA by PCR test: 28
  • Estimated total number of cases of Chlamydia each year: 4,000,000
  • Percentage of women living with Chlamydia who do not know it: 75
  • Estimated cost of Chlamydia complications in the U.S. each year: $2,000,000,000
  • Average cost of antibiotic to treat a case of Chlamydia: $15
  • Percentage of people who have gonorrhea in the throat and do not know it:  90
  • Percentage of people who have syphilis, do not know it, and develop complications years later: 33
  • Estimated increased risk of acquiring HIV if infected with syphilis: 5 times
  • Percentage of IV drug users who are infected with Hepatitis B: 30
  • Percentage of IV drug users who are infected with Hepatitis C: 85
  • Percentage of straight men and women who have had sex with more than 5 people in the last 6 months who have Hepatitis B: 21
  • Number of people out of 100 infected with Hepatitis C who will develop chronic infection:  80


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