Around the world, 37 million people are currently living with HIV, which is the highest figure ever recorded. One of the reasons behind this increased transmission is a lack of knowledge, as 1 in every 4 people living with HIV are not aware that they have the virus.
There are many advantages to taking the serological test and discovering your status. The main advantage is the ability to start the treatment early, thus preventing the HIV from damaging your immune system and avoiding the health problems that this can cause. If the treatment is performed correctly, the virus is practically eliminated from the blood, which prevents the transmission of HIV to other people.
The virus can only be transmitted via four bodily fluids: semen, vaginal fluids, blood and breast milk. It cannot be spread through saliva or sweat. One of the best ways to slow down this increased transmission is prevention, avoiding—above all else—risky sexual practices.
Do you want to know the best measures to prevent HIV? Do you have any questions about new prophylactic treatments? Dr Mallolas, specialist doctor in the treatment and prevention of HIV, will respond to this question and many more on 4 December at 11 a.m. in a live YouTube broadcast. Send him your questions in the following questionnaire.
HIV in figures
people around the world are currently living with HIV.
with HIV in Europe aren’t aware that they have it.
get infected by the VIH every year in Europe and the USA.