World Aids Day: HIV can affect the eyes!

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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 πˆπŒππŽπ’π’πˆππ‹π„ to transmit HIV via saliva and HIV π‚π€πππŽπ“ 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.

π‡πˆπ• 𝐂𝐀𝐍 𝐀𝐅𝐅𝐄𝐂𝐓 𝐓𝐇𝐄 π„π˜π„π’!⁣

HIV weakens the body’s defense system, increasing the risk for serious eye diseases that can lead to 𝐛π₯𝐒𝐧𝐝𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬!⁣ ⁣

  • 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.⁣

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graphic to show World Aids Day - how aids is transmitted