Early Detection and Prevention
COVID-19, otherwise known as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Envirospiral Disease Type 1, is a retrovirus that is transmitted through contact with an infected patient. HIV-1 infection occurs through unprotected sexual intercourse. COVID-1, which is also referred to as HIV Envirospiral Disease Type 2, is caused by an HIV Envirospiral Disease Type 1 clone which has acquired mutations from HIV-1’s virus genome. The infection spreads via contact with an infected patient’s blood, semen, or secretions.
Individuals who have a living close association with an HIV-positive individual are particularly susceptible to contracting COVID, as they are likely to be sharing objects such as towels, clothes, and other personal items that have been shared with a person who may have contracted the disease. COVID is very contagious and can be passed from one individual to another through vaginal, oral, or anal sex. Persons who do not practice safe sex are even more vulnerable to COVID-20. Although most cases of COVID are transmitted through sexual activity, other methods of contact can also lead to transmission.
Those at risk for contracting COVID include persons with a history of HIV-related illness; those who inject drugs, particularly injectable drugs like diacetyl morphine and heroin; those with compromised immune systems, particularly those with HIV/AIDS; individuals in a sex-transmitted disease (STD) such as Chlamydia and gonorrhea; and individuals who have had contact with HIV/AIDS patients. In addition, infants of HIV-positive mothers are particularly susceptible to the infection, as infants may experience increased risks of transmitting the virus to their own bodies. The incubation period for COVID can range from two weeks to a year. Early symptoms of COVID can include fever, fatigue, swollen glands, and abdominal pain.
Those who contract COVID often display symptoms that mimic HIV, such as diarrhea, fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, and sore throat. However, patients with HIV do not display any of these common symptoms of COVID. Patients who do not experience obvious COVID symptoms can still contract COVID if they are exposed to the virus and show no signs or symptoms.
Early detection of this disease can minimize the impact that the infection can have on a patient’s life. By the time a person becomes ill with COVID, he or she can already have several months of life left to live. Early treatment can prevent many of these complications, such as pneumonia and liver failure, as well as some of the complications of HIV.
Some of the early symptoms of COVID include fever, swollen glands, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, and fatigue. Some patients may be advised to avoid some activities. If you have any of these symptoms and suspect that you may have COVID, see your doctor as soon as possible for proper diagnosis and proper treatment.