Sunday, November 30, 2014

Wake-up Call: 2014 HIV Victims in CDO increases more than 100% from Last Year’s Result

HIV is one of the major health issues in Cagayan de Oro today. This year, around 200 tested patients in the city are carrying the disease plus those individuals who do not know if they are infected or not. Most of the infected victims are men who perform unsafe anal sex with other men.

This year’s HIV victims raises more than 100% from last year’s statistics. Thus, CDO remains as “hotspot” as cases keep on increasing in the city. This result emphasizes that there are still many Kagay-anons who are not fully aware of what  are the effects of having such disease. It also shows that many are reluctant or afraid to have a test to know if they are infected or not. The consequences are taken for granted by many Kagay-anons resulting to a big threat in the city.

What is HIV?

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a subgroup of retrovirus) that causes the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections and cancers to thrive. (Source: Wikepedia)

What are common effects of HIV?

Some of the effects of this disease are:  skin problems, low immune system, oral problems, neurological problems, respiratory and cardiovascular problems and death.

What are the symptoms of having HIV?

Rapid weight loss, dry cough, night sweats, diarrhea, recurring fever, extreme tiredness, prolonged swelling lymph glands in armpits, groins or neck, skin rashes and difficulty in breathing.

What initiates of acquiring HIV?

One of the major reasons of such problem is online hook-ups; people who just meet in social sites and agree to have casual sex without using any protection like condoms.

Is HIV Curable?

No! but there is a treatment  called antiretroviral therapy that can prevent the growth of the virus.

Hope this blog can help you.

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