Red December: Gynecologists clarify 5 questions about HIV

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The physician clarified the suspicion about the AIDS virus

This is the month of the Red December marketing campaign, designed to mobilize society within the struggle towards the HIV virus, AIDS and different STIs (sexually transmitted infections), drawing consideration to prevention and ending prejudice towards individuals contaminated with HIV. In Brazil, in keeping with the Ministry of Health, one particular person is contaminated with the virus each quarter-hour.

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AIDS is a illness brought on by an infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which assaults an individual’s immune system, making them extra inclined to infections.

Next, Dr. Flavia do Valle, Obstetrics and Gynecology Coordinator at Hospital Icarai, in partnership with Perinatal, clarifies 5 doubts about the connection between ladies and HIV.

1 – Can ladies with HIV have youngsters?

An HIV prognosis doesn’t imply you can’t have youngsters. But you may give your child HIV throughout being pregnant, labor or breastfeeding. The excellent news is that there are a lot of methods to scale back your kid’s threat of contracting HIV to nearly zero.

2- What is the most secure means for a girl with HIV to get pregnant?

If you might be an HIV-positive lady with an HIV-negative accomplice, and also you wish to get pregnant, you may select synthetic insemination. There are even simpler methods to make use of your accomplice’s sperm as a substitute of getting unprotected intercourse. To enhance your probabilities of getting pregnant by means of synthetic insemination, it’s best to do it throughout probably the most fertile time of your menstrual cycle.

3- Can ladies with HIV breastfeed?

Recommendations on this subject are advanced and differ relying on the establishment you contact and your entry to sources similar to clear water, formulation, well being care, and viral load. The present recommendation is to not breastfeed, as no knowledge can be found to substantiate that there is no such thing as a threat of transmission. Breast milk can include HIV.

4 – How is your intercourse life? What are the primary precautions?

Condoms utilized by each women and men significantly cut back the probabilities of contracting or contracting HIV. The quantity of safety is determined by how the affected person and his accomplice are having intercourse. In anal intercourse, transmission is extra seemingly than vaginal intercourse. There is little or no threat of HIV transmission from oral intercourse. Placing a condom (feminine condom) on the penis or contained in the vagina significantly reduces this threat. Remember that with out condoms, you and your accomplice can nonetheless get different sexually transmitted infections, similar to gonorrhea and chlamydia.

5 – Is it attainable to get a virus by means of a intercourse toy?

Yes. Not solely HIV, but additionally different sexually transmitted infections. Some tricks to keep away from it:
* Keep intercourse toys clear – wash them after every use;
* Use condoms that penetrate intercourse toys similar to vibrators, utilizing a brand new condom every time;
* Do not share intercourse toys;
* Keep a separate set of intercourse toys for every accomplice.

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