AIDS is one of the most dreaded diseases of our times. The most dangerous aspect of HIV is the fact that it affects the immune system of the body, leaving you exposed to a number of diseases, with virtually no protection of any kind. Since the immune system of our body is responsible for warding off potential threat to the body, in the form of virus, bacteria and protozoa, a damaged immune system itself, leaves an HIV+ patient with little hope for recovery. This is because AIDS is still an incurable disease till date; and though we may have significant advancement in this regard, we still have a long way to go, before we are actually able to find a cure.
Therefore by the time we are able to come up with a cure, the best way to fight it of course is to save yourself from getting infected.
Doctors and medical practitioners are some of the most vulnerable people, as regards to HIV infection is concerned. This is mainly by virtue of the constant exposure to people with HIV. As it is, doctors and medical practitioners are at constant risk of getting infected by HIV. The following are some of the risks, which doctors and medical practitioners get exposed to:
1. Open cuts and wounds are an important cause of concern for many doctors and medical practitioners. Getting exposed to open cuts and wounds without proper protection can cause infection. It is therefore advised to get proper protection to those who are exposed to open cuts and wounds.
2. Accidentally pricking yourself with a syringe is another cause of concern as far as exposure to HIV is concerned. A number of cases have been reported, where doctors and medical practitioners were infected with the virus, when they accidentally pricked themselves with a syringe, which was earlier used to inject an HIV patient.
3. Blood transfusion is also another area of concern. Due to lack of proper screening facilities at many places, doctors and medical practitioners are constantly exposed to blood, which has been contaminated with HIV. As a result, this too poses a grave risk to them and exposes them to a dangerous situation, which can cause HIV infection.
4. Some scientists have even stated that unlike what is perceived, HIV can actually survive in the environment for a fairly long time. Although we do not have any conclusive proof in this regard; but if at all this theory is found out to be true, then in that case, medical practitioners are definitely under high risk of getting exposed to HIV/AIDS.
It therefore becomes all the more necessary for doctors and medical practitioners to take adequate steps of protection, in order to save themselves from getting exposed to HIV infection.