September 15, 2010

September 15, 2010
HIV and Conditional Risks

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Wednesday and we have made it to the middle of another work week. I hope you are having a safe and great week so far.

Dab the AIDS Bear is very busy with our Ambassadors of Hope at the United States Conference on AIDS. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Ambassadors for all their help taking pictures at the week long event. It is greatly appreciated.

The following is some pics from the Los Angeles Treatment Education Training. Many thanks to our Ambassador of Hope Kengi Carr for all his help getting the pics:

Now everyone knows I talk a lot about HIV and AIDS. But are some things riskier than others?

What is your risk of HIV infection? Certain conditions, circumstances, and behaviors can increase your risk of HIV infection. There are conditions and behaviors that make it easier for HIV to be transmitted from person to person. Without taking the proper precautions or being aware of high risk behavior, your risk of HIV can increase. Some of the more common ways your risk of HIV infection increases include:

* Being Coinfected With Syphilis People with syphilis may have open sores on their genitals that provide a route for HIV to enter the body when engaging in unprotected sex.

A Guide to Syphilis

* Your Sexual Partner is in the Acute Stages of HIV Infection The acute phase of HIV infection is characterized by very high HIV activity and very high viral loads. Having unprotected sex with someone in the acute stage of HIV increases the exposure to activily replicating HIV, in turn increasing the risk of HIV transmission.

What is Acute HIV?

* Either Partner Has a Weakened Immune System The body's immune system protects us from illness, infection, and disease. Anytime that protection is weakened, the body is at increased risk of illnesses and infections, including HIV. If either partner in a sexual relationship has a weakened immune system, that person becomes more at risk for HIV.

Understand the Immune Response

* When Either Partner has an Open Wound Open wounds provide a portal of entry for HIV. In other words, any open wound or break in the skin can allow HIV to enter the body

* The Presence of a Large Quantity HIV Infected Blood Large quantities of HIV infected blood exposes the body to an increase number of active HIV, making HIV infection easier. These large quantities of infected blood can occur during sex due to mechanical trauma of the sexual structures or during delivery of an HIV+ mom's newborn baby. Sharing syringes and needles can also expose people to large quantities of HIV infected blood.

Now you know the rest of the story. Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab