HIV/AIDS management with Cannabis Oil
AIDS (Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) is a chronic and potentially life-threatening condition that is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus – also known as HIV. HIV damages your immune system which interferes with your body’s ability to defend itself against the many dangerous organisms that cause disease.
As most people know, HIV is a sexually transmitted infection. Other than through sexual contact, the virus can be spread through contact with infected blood or even from a mother to her child during pregnancy, the act of childbirth or breastfeeding. With no medication, it could take years before HIV actually weakens your immune system to the point that the patient has full-blown AIDS.
HIV is a viral infection which can be transmitted through sexual contact, blood or from mother to child during pregnancy, the act of childbirth or breastfeeding.
In order to become infected with HIV, semen, vaginal secretions, or infected blood, must enter your body. You cannot become infected through everyday contact such as hugging, kissing, shaking hands, or dancing with a person who has HIV or AIDS. HIV also cannot be transmitted through water, the air, or insect bites.
A person can become infected with HIV in many different ways, including:
- Sex – A person could become infected if they have vaginal, anal or oral sex with an infected person whose semen, vaginal secretions or, blood enter their body. The virus can enter the body through mouth sores or even small tears that often develop in the vagina or rectum during sexual activity.
- Blood transfusions – In certain cases, the virus can be transmitted through blood transfusions. Modern hospitals and blood banks screen the blood supply for HIV antibodies. Thanks to this act the risk is very small.
- Sharing needles – HIV can easily be transmitted through needles and syringes that are contaminated with infected blood. By sharing arterial drug paraphernalia puts you at great risk getting HIV as well as many other infectious diseases, including hepatitis.
- During pregnancy or childbirth or breastfeeding – Infected mothers has the ability to infect their babies. However, by receiving treatment for the HIV infection during the time of the pregnancy, mothers have the ability to significantly decrease the risk of infecting their babies.
Primary infection (Acute HIV)
Most people who are infected by HIV develop flu-like symptoms within a month or two after the virus has entered the body. This phase is known as primary or acute HIV infection. It could last for a couple of weeks and possible symptoms and signs include:
- Muscle aches and joint pain
- Swollen lymph glands, mostly on the neck
- Sore throat
Even though the symptoms of Acute HIV infection are often mild enough to go unnoticed, the amount of virus traveling through the bloodstream is exceptionally high at this time. Thus, the HIV infection spreads more efficiently during the primary infection than during the following stage of infection.
Early symptomatic HIV infection
While the virus proceeds to multiply and destroy the persons’ immune cells, they can develop mild infections or even chronic symptoms and signs including:
- Weight loss
- Swollen lymph nodes — often one of the first signs of HIV infection
- Oral yeast infection