What Causes Aids


What Causes AIDS  

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS, is a medical condition that snaps the immune system of the body. The body initially gets infected with HIV, which is a retrovirus that attacks the crucial cells of the immune system. The condition is designated as AIDS when the infection reaches its maximum severity. AIDS can primarily be caused through sexual contact, infected blood transfusion, and from an infected pregnant mother to the child.

One of the most common causes of AIDS is sexual transmission. The risk of contracting HIV is higher during unprotected sex, and in cases of sexual assault. Many sexually transmitted infections (STI) also increase the possibility of the disease. STIs such as syphilis project greater risks in comparison to gonorrhea, chlamydia and trichomoniasis. It is rare to contract the infection in one solitary sexual contact. However, overlapping sexual encounters increase the possibility of spreading the virus to other people.    

The second significant cause of AIDS is blood transfusion. Receiving blood from an HIV infected individual or even re-utilization of a syringe infected with HIV blood can increase the susceptibility to the infection. Intravenous drug users and hemophiliacs are the most vulnerable to such situations. One-third of the reported cases of HIV infections in North America, Eastern Europe and China owe their origin to sharing of needles. Apart from blood transfusions, the same risk can be prevalent during piercing and tattooing as well.     

Another important cause of AIDS is prenatal transmission. An HIV infected mother can transmit the infection to her child in the final stages of pregnancy or at child birth. The solution for minimizing this risk is antiretroviral therapy, and child birth through caesarean section. Breast feeding also needs to be avoided as it enhances the risk factor.

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