This year the global World AIDS Day 2017 campaign which promotes the theme “Right to health”, the World Health Organization will highlight the need for all 36.7 million people living with HIV and those who are vulnerable and affected by the epidemic, to reach the goal of universal health coverage.
World AIDS Day, designated on 1 December every year since 1988, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease.
Some information on this disease:
- AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
- AIDS is caused by a virus called the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
- Tests for HIV look for these antibodies in your blood or mouth lining.
- You can get infected with HIV from anyone who’s infected, even if they don’t look sick and even if they haven’t tested HIV-positive yet.
- Infection passes through blood, vaginal fluid, semen, and breast milk of people infected with HIV.
Most people get the HIV virus by:
- Having sex with an infected person who is not on treatment and has a detectable viral load.
- sharing a needle (shooting drugs) with someone who’s infected
- being born when their mother is infected, or drinking the breast milk of an infected woman
- Getting a transfusion of infected blood used to be a way people got AIDS, but now the blood supply is screened very carefully and the risk is extremely low.
- The disease generally starts with within a few weeks of HIV infection, flu-like symptoms such as fever, sore throat and fatigue can occur.
- Then the disease is usually asymptomatic until it progresses to AIDS. AIDS symptoms include weight loss, fever or night sweats, fatigue and recurrent infections.
- There is no way to “clear” HIV from the body.
- Antiretroviral therapy) can prevent or reverse the damage to your immune system.
- Most people stay healthy if they stay adherent to ART.
- Other drugs can prevent or treat opportunistic infections (OIs) which are generally affect HIV patients.
- It is a chronic disease and can last for a life time.
For more information on Aids please contact Wockhardt Hospital.
Wockhardt Hospitals, a chain of tertiary care super-specialty hospitals has more than 25 years of experience in the creation and management of Super Specialty Hospitals in India.
The Internal Medicine Department consists of a team of skilled and compassionate physicians. team act as primary care physicians for patients with simple to complex problems in adults. The doctors provide highest quality of comprehensive healthcare services to patients that are facilitated by access to vast array of technologies, investigations and resources. The aim of the department is to treat and manage chronic disorders and manage hospitalised patients.
The Internal Medicine department deals with patients with infections, undiagnosed rare infections as well as common infections such as tuberculosis and HIV, autoimmune disorder, genetic disorder, metabolic syndromes, rheumatologically diseases and haematological problems are accurately diagnosed and managed in the department
Wockhardt Hospitals is regarded as a centre of excellence the healthcare domain, having facilities in North Mumbai (Mira road), South Mumbai (Mumbai Central), Navi Mumbai (Vashi), Nagpur, Nasik, Rajkot and Surat. Wockhardt Hospitals has state-of-the-art infrastructure. Our prime objective is patient safety and quality of care at all levels. The guiding philosophy is to serve and enrich the Quality of Life of patients and to make life win.