HIV Prevention is the type of work that people and organisations do to prevent other people from getting infected by HIV. It can be done in a variety of ways. Unfortunately there are some activities performed that doesn’t lead to any behavioural change, which is needed to stop the spread of the disease. If you are interested in my personal views on this, check out the page Experineces & Views.

HIV/AIDS issues can be seen that all the questions, which in one way or another are linked to the disease and its complications. Usually, HIV/AIDS is the term used for many different areas, ranging from prevention, information work, testing, care/treatment, management, counselling and education, such as related to HIV, AIDS, or both. For the sake of clarity, and also to demonstrate that the differences are mastered, HIV and AIDS are given their own meanings (in addition to the letter combination stands for). Instead of typing the HIV/AIDS prevention, the concept of HIV prevention should be used when the intention is to prevent the spread of HIV. AIDS prevention should be used to describe the efforts to prevent people living with HIV to come into the AIDS stage of their HIV infection.

To my knowledge, few, if any NGOs or governments are working to prevent AIDS in people living with HIV.
On the other hand, healthcare institutions (including some associations) are engaged in care and treatment, preventing complications due to HIV infection. Otherwise, there are no other organizations involved in preventing AIDS in someone who is living with HIV.

So what is HIV Prevention?
From my point of view, HIV Prevention is the strategies, coordination, cooperation and activities performed to prevent the transmission of HIV to someone who is HIV negative. HIV Prevention has four grounds that need to be considered in order to maintain quality and efficiency:
1. Culture-specific Methods
2. Equality between gender
3. Condom strategies
4. Testing and Medicines

In some cases, an organisation that wants to work on HIV prevention is dedicated to the production of information materials. Unfortunately, information is insufficient when it comes to changing people’s behaviour. The effective way of working is to make people aware of their behaviour and make them produce their own personal action plan to avoid being put at danger. We need to focus on practical action rather than generalised communication like; “Be careful, Drive safely or Think of what you are doing”.

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