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HIV – the plague of the 20th century


ВІЛ – чума XX століття

Ukraine belongs the first place on rates of distribution HIV infection in Central and Eastern Europe.

HIV - is the human immunodeficiency virus. Entering in the body and multiplying in it, the virus destroys the immune system, which is responsible for fighting infections.

AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) - is the final stage of HIV infection.

The only way to know for sure if you have HIV it is to get tested using the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Only HIV test can determine whether a virus is in the blood, since the onset of the disease man is not experiencing any symptoms.
HIV is transmitted during vaginal, anal and oral sex without a condom. Through the blood, sharing needles or using non-sterile needles and syringes, or other injecting instruments, that violates the integrity of the skin. In the course of transfusion of infected blood and blood products. Using someone else's shaving and scissors during piercing, manicure, ear piercing and tattoos. From HIV-infected mother to child during pregnancy and childbirth.

The infection is not transmitted during communication, handshake, friendly kiss, through sneezing, coughing, sweat, saliva. Not transmitted through the food, cooked by HIV infected person.

If you want to take an HIV test, to find support and help, you should apply to offices of trust, centers for prevention and fight against AIDS. According to the laws of Ukraine, HIV testing is voluntary and free. Information on the outcome of the testing is confidential. At the request of patient testing can be done anonymously.

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