TIME TO TALK ABOUT HIV/AIDS AND SPREAD AWARENESS
Ask IRA your questions about HIV/AIDS
at https://yes4me.net/IRA now.
Did you know there are 2.01 million people still in India who live with HIV, or that there are about 80,000 people who get infected every year? Not to mention the overall stigma & prejudice associated with the condition which marginalizes the infected and the lack of information that perpetuates all of these. Bad news, indeed.
Good news, however, is that HIV is preventable, manageable and a lot of it is just to do with providing people the right information with sensitivity and tact at the right time!
WHAT IS HIV/AIDS
HIV, or Human Immunodeficiency is a virus that weakens one’s immune system by destroying important cells that fight disease and infection and
over a period of time, HIV can destroy so many of your T-cells or CD4 cells, that forms a key part of the immune system.
AIDS, or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, is a complex illness with a wide range of complications and symptoms. AIDS is the final stage of HIV. When individuals reach this stage, they are at higher risk for opportunistic infections due to their damaged immune system.
HOW DOES HIV/AIDS SPREAD
HIV is found in specific human body fluids. HIV can spread if any of the following fluids enter your body:
- Pre-seminal fluid
- Breast milk
- Vaginal fluids
- Rectal (anal) mucous
IS HIV/AIDS A CURABLE DISEASE
The answer is yes, HIV is curable.
We must talk about it openly. With modernisation and changing lifestyle, we are moving towards westernisation where with changing sexual preferences, we are often inviting the number of sexual diseases.
WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?
- Practicing safer sex:
Safer sex includes talking to your partner about your interest, boundaries, and HIV status.
- Getting tested:
One should know their health status. The test is must for both the partners. It is also imperative that you know your partners status prior to engaging in sexual activity
- Being monogamous:
Having one sexual partner greatly reduces the risk of contracting HIV, assuming neither of you is already infected with HIV.
INTRODUCING IRA, LETS MAKE INDIA HIV FREE
IRA is a conversational platform where people can seek answers to their pressing HIV/AIDS queries. She was created to help people gain information about HIV and motivate people to manage HIV responsibly. She is friendly and chatty and wants the world to be free of HIV.
IRA will be available on the yes4me website. Anyone with an internet connection can access IRA which makes her a powerful ally in the fight against HIV. Because of the stigma surrounding HIV, people can visit the IRA from the security of their own home and seek answers to urgent questions without facing any of the discrimination that they would face anywhere else.
With IRA by their side, millions of Indians will be able to find the right information at the right time and thus solve the root cause that perpetuates HIV.
Let’s join hands to make India HIV/AIDS-free. You can reach the IRA for all your questions from the link below.
We would love to hear back from you as your feedback makes IRA better!