There are six most common causes for women are more likely to be infected with HIV / AIDS compared to men. The reasons are as follows;
Women are more at risk of getting HIV compared to men because the female genitalia are more prone to getting bruises during sex or sexual intercourse thus making it easier for HIV to penetrate.
In addition, a woman’s genitalia receives sperm from men during the sexual act, if a woman has sex with a man with HIV, it is clear that she may be infected with HIV.
- TABLE AND ENVIRONMENT ARE NOT RISK
Risks and risk factors that pose the highest risk for women contracting HIV include engaging in sex trafficking and initiating sex at an early age.
The patriarchal system in our society offers men the opportunity to decide to have sex with many women so it is easier to get HIV infection.
Some people do not use condoms during sex ie having unprotected sex with new partners when they do not know their health while knowing there is a risk of Aids.
Some men marry young girls vigorously after their parents receive dowry which is sexually abusive.
Many women are more prone to test than men so I urge men to get tested to not use their partners as a measure of HIV infection. It is estimated that in Tanzania the number of people living with HIV has reached one million and five thousand while the number of women is higher than men.
THE WAY TO AVOID HIV / AIDS
In recent times, there have been positive results in the fight against Aids, now people living with HIV are living healthier and longer lives with the help of antiretroviral therapy (ART). Also the correct use of these drugs helps to reduce the transmission of infection to others.
Much work has also been done to prevent and even eliminate the mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Despite all these positive results, yet there is still a large part of society still lacking awareness of the disease.
HIV can be transmitted in various ways such as; infection of an infant during pregnancy, at birth or by breastfeeding by an HIV-positive mother.
Thus, before and after pregnancy, it is advisable to test for health and attend a clinic properly for tests and advice on ways to eliminate these infections. Some are infected with Aids by transfusing HIV-infected blood or by using sharp needles, razors, etc. containing HIV.
HOW TO PREVENT AND PREVENT AIDS
Make sure you use prevention when you have sex with someone who prevents their health. Also go for a checkup and get treatment for other sexually transmitted diseases if you have them because they make you more susceptible to HIV infection.
Make sure the blood that you put in the hospital is tested and free of HIV, for men we recommend that uncircumcised men be circumcised to reduce the risk of infection.
Early and improved use of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs helps to make survivors live longer and healthier lives as well as reduce transmission to others. So once tested and diagnosed you will be started on ARV’s.