Dec 1st is Worlds AIDS Day - a day to unite in the fight against HIV, support those living with HIV and commemorate those who died from AIDS illnesses.
It is 𝐈𝐌𝐏𝐎𝐒𝐒𝐈𝐁𝐋𝐄 to transmit HIV via saliva and HIV 𝐂𝐀𝐍𝐍𝐎𝐓 be passed on through casual contact (kissing hand shakes sharing food/drinks/cutlery).
Let’s break the stigma and learn what HIV and AIDS is all about. Prevention and Protection is Key.
𝐇𝐈𝐕 𝐂𝐀𝐍 𝐀𝐅𝐅𝐄𝐂𝐓 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐄𝐘𝐄𝐒!
HIV weakens the body’s defense system, increasing the risk for serious eye diseases that can lead to 𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬!
- HIV Retinopathy: MOST COMMON – tiny blood vessels in the Retina bleed or get blocked creating white “cotton wool spots”
- Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Retinitis: a viral infection which can cause a Retinal Detachment to occur.
- Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus (HZO): shingles in the eye! This can be very painful!
There are many other Eye Related conditions that can occur when the immune system is weakened. Keeping HIV under control with meds is very important as it will result in a stronger immune system to fight off most eye infections and diseases.