28 September 2011

Hiv/Aids and Condom

HIV or Human Immunodeficiency Virus is the most dreaded disease 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. Now, since the immune system of our body is responsible for warding off potential threat to the body, in the form of external factors, such as virus, bacteria and protozoa.

Since the immune system itself is damaged, an HIV+ patient has little hope. This is because HIV is still an incurable disease till date; and though we have many scientists claiming to find a cure, we still lack conclusive evidence on their part. Therefore, the best way to fight HIV/AIDS is to save you from getting infected.

Unprotected sexual intercourse is one of the major causes of spreading of the disease. It therefore becomes necessary to use a barrier, to reduce the risk of getting infected with HIV/AIDS. As it is, the male condom is by far the most important barrier that we have today. Apart from that, female condoms too play a very vital role in preventing the spread of the virus, via sexual intercourse.
Using a condom, does not in any way implies a risk free sexual intercourse, but it definitely reduces the risk of getting infected by a significant margin. However, there are a few things that you need to remember, before you go for a condom. The following are some of these factors that you must always consider:

1. The first thing that you need to see is that your condom needs to be a latex condom and should not be made of any other material, such as lambskin. This is because; latex or rubber would provide you with the maximum amount of protection during sexual intercourse.

2. Another important aspect that you should always keep in mind is that, your condom should be big enough to cover the entire penis. Any condom which does not cover your entire penis is actually increasing the chances of getting infected with HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

3. Apart from that, you should see to it that, you are using a different condom, every time you are having sexual intercourse. This is very important and you should always remember it.

4. You should also check the packaging of the condom and see to it, whether it actually says anything about disease protection. Fancy and stimulating condoms which do not say anything about disease prevention should be avoided.

5. Proper storage of the condom would also play a very important role in prevention from getting infected. This is because, unless the condom is properly stored, then it might give way during sexual intercourse.

Using a condom lowers your risk of infection by a great margin; and although the safest form of sex is no sex at all, using a condom would greatly reduce your risk of getting infected.

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