HEALTH- WAYS OF PROTECTING WOMEN AND GIRLS FROM HIV/AIDS

Over the years, HIV and Aids have become one of the leading cause of deaths in the world.

HIV is a deficiency that attacks the immune system and ends up destroying some parts of white blood cells called the T cells, and one becomes prone to any form of infection due to the weakness of the body.

Most countries were affected by the global HIV epidemic, and therefore the United Nations came up with a day that is internationally recognized as the National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS awareness day which is held on March 1 every year. Treatment for those on Medicare might be covered with a Mutual of Omaha Medicare Supplement plan G and Medicare Part A and B.

Ways for protection include;

  • Educating girls- Educating a girl child exposes the girl to chances of becoming self-reliant thereby delaying marriage. Once a person is well educated, they have ease of access to health facilities which also extends to their children and helps to avoid some wrongly practised cultures.
  • Carry out tests to ascertain any infection of HIV before planning to get a baby to ensure that if one is HIV positive, there are ways that the baby can be prevented from contracting the disease.
  • Ensuring that there is no gender violence- Statics have shown that one in every three women have had a dangerous encounter with sexual abuse and violence and most likely the people liable for such acts are well known to the women. It’s therefore essential for the community leaders to ensure that gender violence is a thing of the past.
  • Improve easy access to health facilities- This often helps women to make solid choices that will help them in future for instance access of free birth control methods, ensuring that clean and safe blood transfusion method is practised.
  • Limiting sexual partners- By sticking to one partner who is well known to you for his ways can also play a crucial role in ensuring that HIV and Aids do not spread.
  • Avoid sharing hospital equipment such as syringes and needles which could transfer infections from one person to another.
  • Educating men should respect women and find them as part of the family. This can be encouraged through sharing of duties equally to change the attitude of women as the only ones to participate in family activities.

Conclusion

Women who are already affected by the disease should be loved by their families and should not be treated as outcasts so that they could have a sense of belonging to help manage the situation in a more relaxed way.