- December 1, 2017
- Posted by: Onyinye Ikeokwu
- Category: HBConfessions
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that damages the cells in the immune system and weakens the body’s ability to fight everyday infections and disease. This means that if one is infected with the HIV virus, the immune system is damaged, creating room for many infections and diseases.
AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome), the term used to describe potentially life-threatening infections and illnesses that happen when the immune system has been severely damaged by HIV; AIDS is in simple terms the advanced stage of HIV infection and the term gained prevalence in the 90s and is still around till date. According to the UNAIDS- about 3.2million Nigerians are living with HIV/AIDS in 2016. There were 220,000 new HIV infections in 2016 and 160,000 AIDS-related deaths in Nigeria.
It is important to note that this 3.2million Nigerians living with HIV/AIDS could be one of your friends, neighbours and colleagues. Thanks to early screening and effective retroviral drugs, many people are able to live normally with the HIV infection. While this may sound like good news, the flip side is that there is continuous rise in new HIV infections due to unprotected sex and poor knowledge of HIV status or HIV screening.
The HIV virus can be transmitted through unprotected sexual intercourse, and through contact with an infected person’s body fluids. HIV screening is of utmost importance in eradicating AIDS completely because if your HIV status is unknown, you may be unknowingly transmitting the virus. After you have been tested and proven to be free from HIV, bear in mind that you are still at risk of getting infected and should take measures to prevent HIV and AIDS.
A lady who was diagnosed with HIV did not believe her doctors because the result of her HIV screening and that of her partner was negative in the previous year. Unknown to her, her partner had kept another sexual partner who he trusted and did not use condoms with. This partner also kept multiple sexual partners. News flash, the negative HIV result of your partner is not enough proof or protection from HIV and AIDS. Anyone who indulges in casual unprotected sex, or whose partner is not faithful is at risk of getting infected by the HIV virus.
One of the sure ways to protect yourself from HIV and AIDS is to adopt the use of condoms during sexual intercourse, as a lifestyle. There have been speculations about condom leakage or burst but really, good condoms like Fiesta premium condom do not leak or burst and will protect you from STIs and HIV if worn properly.
Fiesta premium condom are manufactured to highest quality standards and are electronically tested too. Moreso, Fiesta Condoms are available in 12 exciting variants for maximum pleasure. One of the variants of Fiesta Condom called Fiesta Extra Strong, provides extra protection from sexually transmitted infections such as HIV. Fiesta Extra Strong is thicker and stronger for a confident feeling and greater protection. Fiesta Extra strong is ideal for persons who are very energetic during sexual intercourse and need extra-reassurance that there will be no surprise “tear”. The 12 exciting variants of Fiesta Condom provides the opportunity for people living with HIV to still enjoy sexual satisfaction without infecting their loved ones.
As we celebrate World AIDS DAY today, let’s end AIDS with Fiesta Condom.