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We are all aware of the sexually transmitted disease AIDS, caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This is a disease that destroys the immune system and ruins its ability to fight infections and protect the body from harmful microorganisms, thereby leading to opportunistic infections. It’s a deadly disease that has no cure and is considered as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. South Africa is known to have the highest number of AIDS cases in the world, with the numbers touching over 5 million (of the 19 million). For years together this continent lived in denial, however, now things seem to be different. The continent is now gripped by a surge of tests, treatment and preventive measures to inhibit the spread of the disease. In fact, the United Nation’s officials state that South Africa’s attempt to control the spread of HIV/AIDS is ‘the largest and fastest expansion of AIDS services ever attempted by any nation’. So what are some precautions to be taken that can prevent the spread of HIV? Before we get into that let us first understand how HIV is transmitted.
Always practice safe sex and if you’re an IV drug user do not share needles.
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