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Introduction to aids, virus, symptoms

The two groups at greatest risk for symptoms of AIDS - HIV - VIRUS are  people who take drugs. People who use needles to inject drugs (including mainliners and skin poppers) get the virus by sharing their needles with other users who already have the  virus in their blood.

You can't always tell who is infected with the virus. Most people actually carrying the virus don't look any different than anybody else, they look and feel well, but they can still spread the disease. Symptoms of  may not show up for many years and some remain without symptom even then. 

Thousands of IV drug abusers already have AIDS, and many thousands more are carriers.

Is Aids - HIV  Life threatening

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome is a serious condition that affects the body's ability to fight off infection. A diagnosis is made when a person develops some form of life-threatening illness not usually found in a person with a normal ability to fight infection. To date more that fifty percent of all the persons with this disease have died.

Drugs are a real problem

Taking drugs has now been determined to be one of the biggest problems facing the UK today. While the community has put on a media campaign alerting and educating the public about the dangers of the disease, not enough is being done to stop the widespread sharing of needles among drug users.

Remember, if you take drugs, you are in danger of catching the virus. The best advice for protecting yourself and people you love is to stop taking drugs. It is also important to note that women who take drugs or who live with men who take drugs sometimes passes on the disease to their babies, either before or shortly after birth. Babies born with the disease become ill very quickly.

Symptom or Symptoms of aids are not always obvious

Most individuals infected with aids have no symptoms and feel well for a long time before eventually developing such symptoms as fever and night sweats, weight loss, swollen lymph glands in the neck, the underarms and groin area, sever fatigue or tiredness, diarrhea, white spots or unusual blemishes in the mouth. These symptoms are also symptoms of a number of other illnesses and that should be taken into consideration.

Anyone with any of these signs for more than two weeks should not panic buy should consult their doctor.

The disease is not spread through normal contact

The virus is not spread through normal daily contact at work, school or home. There have been no cases found where the virus has been transmitted by casual contact with patients in the home, workplace, or health care setting.

Antibody testing

There is an antibody test for aids that detects antibodies  that causes the disease. The body produces antibodies that try to get rid of bacteria, viruses, or anything else that is not supposed to be in the bloodstream. The test may show symptoms if someone has been infected. While the testing procedure  is considered accurate, it does not tell who will develop the full-blown disease.

The developed world is largely silent too the plight in Africa. It has never commanded the full-bore response the West has brought to other, sometimes lesser, illnesses than the aids virus or symptoms. 

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