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5 Myths about HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS is a set of conditions caused by an infection from the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The affected individual may not experience any signs for a prolonged period from the time of infection, till the infection progresses and affects the immune system. As the immunity of the person lowers, he or she becomes susceptible to various kinds of infections that prove to be life-threatening.  The latter stage of HIV is known as AIDS; the stage is often linked to rapid weight loss.  Only a lab test by pathology services can confirm if a person is HIV positive.

While there has been a marked progress in the treatment for HIV/AIDS, the stigma attached to the disease leads to social isolation and ostracizing for the patient.   The myths linked to the disease are mainly responsible for misplaced outlook towards the illness.

HIV is spread through unprotected sex, from injecting needles that have infected the blood, infected blood donations or organ transplants; and from the mother to the child during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Myths about HIV/AIDS:

  1. HIV is AIDS – HIV is an infection that can lead to AIDS. But it does not imply that all HIV positive people will end up having AIDS. Fundamentally speaking, HIV is the virus and AIDS is a set of diseases that a person gets where there is a drastic dip in the immunity due to the viral infection.  In fact, HIV mushrooms into the AIDS, when an HIV-infected person is not treated with antiretroviral drugs. The HIV-infected patient has to follow up with the doctor regularly and the latter has to keep track of the patient’s CD4 counts to ensure that the patient does not contract AIDS.
  2. HIV/AIDS has a cure- There have been progressive advances in the medical world to treat HIV but there is no cure for HIV or AIDS. The doctor can help control the spread of infection, keep the CD4 count down and prescribe medication to thwart opportunistic infections. Having said that being HIV positive is no death sentence.  While there is no cure, modern medicine has come up with treatment options to prolong life and lead a healthy existence.
  3. Being around HIV-infected people can give me HIV – Medical evidence and laboratory tests show that the HIV virus cannot spread through touch, saliva, sweat, urine or feces.  So touching a device that has been handled by an HIV person, breathing the same air as him/her, sharing utensils, drinking water from their bottles, hugging, kissing, mosquito bites, sneezing, or even mutual masturbation cannot cause HIV.   The virus cannot survive in the air.  However, one should remember that though social kissing does not lead to spreading of HIV, intimate kissing may be a risk if there are open sores or bleeding gums, and blood is exchanged during the act.
  4. Can having oral sex cause AIDS? – Though oral sex is less likely than vaginal or anal sex to cause AIDS; HIV can still enter the body through sores or cuts in the mouth. So, you should always use a latex barrier while having oral sex.
  5. It is easy to spot a person who has HIV, he or she looks weak – This is one of the biggest misconceptions about an HIV positive person. A person who has HIV may look outwardly healthy with no symptoms for up to ten years.  Since the virus affects people differently, the only way one can be really sure is by taking diagnostic tests.

It is always recommended to do a health check and has diagnostic tests conducted to know about your HIV status.  When you do this, you are not only safeguarding your own life but also saving your potential partner’s life. Contact a trusted center for diagnostic services for more information on HIV and AIDS testing.

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Patient Testimonials

“Finding the best place for a diagnostic test is as important as consulting the best doctor. The Apollo name was what guided me to Apollo Diagnostics and I am indeed glad that I came here. From attending us on time to sample collection, everything flowed so smoothly. I was particularly impressed by the hygiene. It was definitely a value for money experience. Thanks a lot Apollo Diagnostics…keep up the good work!”

Mrs. Ferha Jabeen, Old Bowenpally, Secunderabad

“I Have heard a lot of good things about Apollo Diagnostics from our family physician as well as from relatives and friends. So then next time I needed a diagnostic centre, I visited Apollo Diagnostics and I was really glad I did. For one, I didn’t have to wait. The technician was extremely good, and the place was really clean. It was certainly a value for money experience. Great job Apollo Diagnostics!”

Ms. T. Jaya, Nakkalagutta, Hanmakonda

“I must say Apollo Diagnostics places a great value on time and patient comfort! I am a fan of their home collection service which is not only on time and technically sound, but the hygiene and cordiality of the visiting technician is also commendable. Hats off! I’ll continue to recommend Apollo Diagnostics to my family and friends.”

Mr. B. Pochaiah, Mallikarjuna Nagar Colony, Old Bowenpally, Secunderabad

“I have always had a great experience with Apollo Diagnostics. The calls are unfailingly answered. The scheduled appointment is kept to the minute. The phlebotomist is well-trained in both technique and putting the patient at ease. Apollo Diagnostics undoubtedly delivers value for money. They will always be my top option for all the diagnostic needs of my family.”

Mr. Prasanta Kumar Jena, JP Nagar, Bengaluru

“I came to know about Apollo Diagnostics from my relatives and friends. So, when I required a check up to be done, I thought about trying their service once. From sticking to the appointed time to accuracy of technique, it was really a great experience overall. Hygiene of the technician and the centre as well, was also quite admirable. I certainly felt it delivers value for money service. From now on, I’ll always visit Apollo Diagnostics for all my checkups.”

Mr. Venkateshwar Rao, Hanmakonda

“I was looking for a good diagnostic centre to get some checkups done. I was confused as there are so many of them all over the city. Some of my friends recommended Apollo Diagnostics as the best one. I’ll always remain thankful to them. The technician at Apollo Diagnostics was not only punctual but his competency was certainly praiseworthy. I never felt any discomfort as he was so confident and compassionate. Great job Apollo Diagnostics!”

Mr. T Radhakishan Rao, Hanmakonda

“My experience with Apollo Diagnostics has been consistently good. Securing the appointment was very easy and the schedule was maintained to the dot. The behaviour of the technician was pleasant and he was well–versed with his job. The place was noticeably clean and I did not face any discomfort during the process. The reports were delivered as promised and surprisingly, the service was pretty affordable. I would recommend Apollo Diagnostics to my circle without any hesitation!”

Mr. Arif Ameer, JP Nagar, Bengaluru

“Apollo Diagnostics came highly recommended by my friends. I was particularly impressed by their cordiality, time management and process competence. Another must mention is the hygiene factor that is impeccable. Given the quality delivered, this is certainly a value for money experience. Thanks a lot Apollo Diagnostics…keep up the great work!”

Ms. A.Madhavi, Warangal

“Our family physician strictly instructed me to get the checkup done at Apollo Diagnostics. I am glad I respected his opinion. I was attended to as soon as I went in. The technician was a true expert at his job and made it a painless experience for me. I also observed that the centre was spotless and all the staff members were particular about maintaining hygiene. Apollo Diagnostics certainly delivers value for money. I’ll always recommend Apollo Diagnostics to my family and friends.”

Ms. Vimala, Hanmakonda

“My Apollo Diagnostics experience has thus far been truly amazing. Besides unfailingly maintaining the schedule – be it sample taking or report delivery, their sense of cleanliness is also tops. The technicians are well-trained and do their job with diligence and in a friendly manner that puts patients at ease at once. Apollo Diagnostics is setting a very high standard indeed! Now that’s what I call a fine job!”

Ms. G. Jyothi, Warangal

“My mother needed a blood test, but was unable to walk due to pain in her leg. A Phlebotomist from Apollo Diagnostics came home and collected the sample. I was informed, via SMS, that the report could be collected from any of the 3 centres in Dibrugarh, downloaded online or even delivered home for a nominal fee. Although the rates were reasonable, my mother also received a senior citizens discount too! This saved my time, money & energy. My aachhe din really seemed to have arrived! Thank you Apollo Diagnostics and hats off for displaying true professionalism.”

Mr. Alokk Kar Dowerah, Dibrugarh

“Whenever I need to have a blood sample collected from home, I ask for Vasu. He is punctual, courteous and so skilled I hardly feel any pain when he draws the sample. Plus, I truly appreciate how quickly the reports are delivered. Thanks Apollo!”

Mr. Sukumar, Film director, Sriram Nagar, Hyderabad