25 December 2011

Highest Hiv/Aids Affected Nation Swaziland

HIV is a world wide epidemic and has been responsible for millions of deaths all across the globe. Africa is one of the most severely hit regions, with Swaziland being one of the top most affected countries, with an HIV prevalence rate of 42.6%.

With the average life expectancy dropping drastically, HIV/AIDS was soon declared a national disaster by King Mswati III in 1999. However, despite this, HIV continued to increase its spread and the average life expectancy continued to fall; so much so, that currently it stands at less than 32 years. It may sound unbelievable, yet it is true. Add to this a declining economy and you have a perfect recipe for disaster.

Some of the major reasons for such a disastrous journey are as follows:

1. A major reason for the widespread damage that has been caused by the virus is stated to be lack of proper knowledge in regard to the spread of HIV at such an alarming rate amongst people of Swaziland. As it is, the majority of the population has little or no access to proper education, leading to unawareness in this regard. A result of this; HIV continuing its spread.

2. Lack of proper testing facilities is another cause, as to why HIV has affected Swaziland to such a large extent. Lack of proper infrastructure is a main cause for the inadequate number of testing facilities; as a result of which, this virus has spread to such an enormous extent.

3. Also, Swaziland being a poor nation is not in a position to afford the costly medical treatment, which is required in such cases. So, while the rich nations have been able to upgrade their medical facilities to increase the average lifespan, Swaziland has to remain content with outdated medical facilities, which are many a time, of absolutely no use.

4. With the rising death toll, the economy has been severely affected, which makes it further difficult to address the situation. So, lack of proper nutrition leads to rapid growth of the virus. As a result AIDS strikes faster than what it would usually do, as the immune system is already weakened due to lack of proper nutrition.

Swaziland is on a high alert and the situation is getting murkier with every passing day. One needs to realize the fact that our brothers and sisters residing in Swaziland really need our help and it is our duty to help them, on humanitarian grounds. Therefore, my personal request to you; donate generously for the cause.

18 December 2011

AIDS Virus and Black population in Africa

HIV or Human Immunodeficiency Virus is spreading at a very fast rate. In near future, the number of deaths due to AIDS is expected to increase at an alarming level; and may even exceed the total number of deaths recorded in both the world wars. It is due to this reason that proper and timely action needs to be taken, to reduce the impact that this virus is potent of causing.

As it is, the black population is one of the worst affected. There are several reasons for it. The following are the main reasons as to why the black population is severely affected by this virus:

1. The first and foremost reason which is stated is that, the genetic build up of the colored race is more vulnerable to getting infected by the virus. Although there are no conclusive proofs to justify this logic, a large number of scientists all across the world believe it to be the primary cause of the mayhem that HIV has caused in the black community.

2. Another major reason for the widespread damage that has been caused by the virus is stated to be lack of proper knowledge in regard to the spread of HIV at such an alarming rate amongst people of the black community. As it is, the majority of the black population resides in the developing nations, who are not equipped with adequate resources, to spread further education in regard to HIV.

3. Lack of proper testing facilities is another cause, as to why HIV has affected the black community to such a large extent. Lack of proper infrastructure is a main cause for the lack of proper testing facilities; as a result of which, this virus has spread to such an enormous extent.

4. Also, poor nations are less likely to afford the costly medical treatment, which is required in such cases. So, while the rich nations have been able to upgrade their medical facilities to increase the average lifespan, poor nations of Africa have to be content with not so advanced medical facilities, which anyway, they would not be able to afford.

5. Widespread rumors are also the cause of the spread of HIV amongst people of the black community. A very widespread rumor, which severed the condition, was that having sexual intercourse with a virgin could treat AIDS. A number of young girls and children were eventually raped in order to get rid of the virus. However, this further aggravated the situation, further passing on the virus to many more people.

As it is, the need of the hour is to lend a helping hand to those affected by the virus, irrespective of their racial status. Although quite a few organizations have come forward for the rescue of the black community, as far as HIV is concerned; there is still a lot of work to be done to save our fellow colored brethren.

11 December 2011

Preventing HIV/AIDS and Other STDs With Safe Sex

HIV is an incurable disease and sadly does not have any cure till date. Therefore, it becomes all the more important for you to take precautionary measure, so that you do not get infected by this fearful disease. It is worth noting that there are a number of ways which can prevent you from being infected with HIV.

Sexual intercourse is by far the most common mode of transmission in case of HIV/AIDS infection. It therefore becomes very important for you, to practice safe sex, in order to save yourself from getting infected with HIV.

The following are some of the safe sex practices, which can help you in prevention from HIV infection:

1. Sexual abstinence
One of the major reasons for spread of HIV at such a rapid rate is unprotected sex. Therefore the best thing to do for you, if you do not wish to be infected with it is, to go for total abstinence from sexual activity, till you are married to a person who is tested free of HIV.

2. Monogamous relationship
 You always have the chances of getting infected with HIV, if you are having sex with a number of people. So, a monogamous sexual relationship with a person tested free of HIV, considerably reduces your chances of HIV infection.

3. Sexual protection measures
It may be so that you may not overcome the urge to have sex. However, you should never indulge in unprotected sex. Although condoms do not completely eliminate your chances of HIV infection; they surely do reduce your chances of infection by a considerable margin.

In case of condoms and other barriers of infection, it is better, to take care of a few things. First of all, you must use a different condom, every time you have sex. You must always use latex condoms. For lubricants; avoid using oil based lubricants, or petroleum jelly. They can damage the rubber of your condom. Use water based lubricants instead.

4. Avoid open cuts and wounds
Open cuts and wounds considerably increase your chances of contacting HIV. It is therefore advisable to refrain from open cuts and wounds. It is worth mentioning that, although HIV transmission has not found to take place in case of kissing; some cases have been reported where HIV transmission took place, due to bleeding gums.

Safe sex is an option that you can hardly forego, if you do not wish to be infected with HIV infection. Accepted, that it is rather tempting to go for unprotected sex, but you should always consider the grave danger to your life, which poses in the form of HIV/AIDS. Therefore play safe and avoid AIDS.

04 December 2011

Protection Against HIV Virus- Birth Control Pills

A very popular misconception among some people is that if they take birth control pills, they are protecting themselves not only from getting pregnant but also from infection with HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Such misconceptions further aggravate the situation, by spread of the virus. Instead of adopting safe sex practices, people tend to use birth control pills, under the impression that they are taking proper precautionary steps.

It is therefore important to eradicate such misconceptions, in order to prevent the spread of the disease. Unprotected sexual intercourse is one of the major causes of spreading of the disease. It therefore becomes necessary to use a barrier, to reduce the risk of getting infected with HIV/AIDS, which is not the case with birth control pills. As it is, the male condom is by far the most important barrier that we have today. Apart from that, female condoms too play a very vital role in preventing the spread of the virus, via sexual intercourse.

Using a condom, does not in any way implies a risk free sexual intercourse, but it definitely reduces the risk of getting infected by a significant margin. However, there are a few things that you need to remember, before you go for a condom. The following are some of these factors that you must always consider:

1. The first thing that you need to see is that your condom needs to be a latex condom and should not be made of any other material, such as lambskin. This is because; latex or rubber would provide you with the maximum amount of protection during sexual intercourse.

2. Another important aspect that you should always keep in mind is that, your condom should be big enough to cover the entire penis. Any condom which does not cover your entire penis is actually increasing the chances of getting infected with HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

3. Apart from that, you should see to it that, you are using a different condom, every time you are having sexual intercourse. This is very important and you should always remember it.

4. You should also check the packaging of the condom and see to it, whether it actually says anything about disease protection. Fancy and stimulating condoms which do not say anything about disease prevention should be avoided.

5. Proper storage of the condom would also play a very important role in prevention from getting infected. This is because, unless the condom is properly stored, then it might give way during sexual intercourse.

Using a condom lowers your risk of infection by a great margin; and although the safest form of sex is no sex at all, using a condom would greatly reduce your risk of getting infected. Birth control pills do not in any case provide any kind of protection against HIV as well as other sexually transmitted diseases.

01 December 2011

Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment for Hiv/Aids Disease

An HIV positive person has to undergo extreme physical trauma, during the later stages of the infection. HIV does not strike immediately, but lies dormant in your body for a considerably long time. During this period, it continuously weakens your immune system. Once your immune system is weak, it strikes in the form of AIDS, giving the victim absolutely no chances of survival.

A very unfortunate aspect of this deadly disease, is that, we still do not have any cure for HIV/AIDS, although, a number of antiretroviral drugs have been developed in recent times. These drugs can delay the arrival of AIDS, by a fairly long margin.
Apart from these retroviral drugs, a number of other alternate medicinal techniques have shown considerable promise. Ayurveda is one such therapy. Studies have suggested that many natural components, used in Ayurveda can be very effective in the treatment of HIV.

Ayurveda is a traditional system of medicine, which originated in India, more than 6000 years ago. Ayurveda means the science or knowledge of life. Ayurveda makes use of a number of plants and herbs, along with minerals as well as many animal derivatives, such as milk and milk products, honey etc. for its medicinal purposes. These medicinal components are used individually as well as in combination and also with minerals, for treatment of a number of ailments, as well as for general health benefits. The following are some of the herbs, which are commonly used for the treatment of HIV/AIDS:

1. Amalaki (Emblica officinalis)

Amalaki or amla, or Indian gooseberry, is perhaps the richest known source of Vitamin C, which plays a very vital role in enhancing the immune system of the body. It has traditionally been used for curing number of diseases, such as inflammation, cancer, age-related renal disease, and diabetes. Nowadays, it is also used for the treatment of HIV.

2. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Ashwagandha or Indian ginseng, or Winter cherry has been traditionally used in Ayurveda, as a herb, which works to increase health and longevity. It is also considered to be a nontoxic herb that is said to normalize physiological function. Today, it is one of the most important components in HIV treatment.

3. Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)

Tulsi extract has traditionally been used in Ayurveda, as a remedy for a number of ailments like common colds, headaches, stomach disorders, inflammation, heart disease, various forms of poisoning, and malaria. Its usage in Treatment of HIV has shown promising results, resulting in a number of patent right applications.

Although Ayurveda is herbal and non cosmetic and has shown great results so far, it would be wrong to expect a miracle. In fact, unlike antiretroviral remedies, they would not show quick results. Apart from that, since they use a number of herbs, they may not also go along with your antiretroviral therapy. It is therefore; better, to go for proper consultation, before opting for Ayurvedic medicinal methods.