December 1st is World AIDS Day. In remembrance of those who have lost their lives to the deadly disease and to honor those who continue to fight the devastating aftermath it has taken on their bodies and relationships, we decided it would be a good time to speak about awareness and prevention.
What Exactly is AIDS?
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a sexually transmitted disease that is can be prevented through the use of safe sex practices. Women who engage in unprotected sex put themselves at risk for many sexual diseases including HIV and AIDS. Since there is no cure for the disease, it has claimed many victims in decades past.
How Do You Prevent Yourself from Getting AIDS?
Women who have sex can prevent the transfer of sexually transmitted diseases by insisting that their partner wear protection, or that the woman herself, wears protection in the form of a diaphragm to protect against AIDS. Nothing else works for preventing the transmission of the disease. Only protection and abstinence.
Also, women who use drugs should not share paraphernalia with other users. Although this is likely not your situation, it is something that you should be aware of and share with others. Women who are given blood transfusions in the hospital are also at greater risk of contracting AIDS from a contaminated blood sample.
This is how AIDS goes from one person to the next. It is an exchange of bodily fluids such as blood or semen that causes the disease. If you work in the healthcare industry with individuals who may have an STD, it’s important to take the steps needed to protect yourself and others from needle sticks.
A Confidential STD Test Awaits You at Genesis Women’s Health Services
If you want to meet with Dr. Wilburn to have a discreet and confidential STD test done, contact Genesis Women’s Health Services to set up an appointment right away. There is no reason why you should sit and worry without knowing what is going on with your body. Dr. Wilburn administers the test and then provides the results for you, so you know if your health has been affected by a sexually transmitted disease.