On December 1, World AIDS Day, a workshop on AIDS is organised by the Association (BUHASDER) at the Turkish Foundation for Promotion, Research, Democracy and Secular Education (TULOV).
An informative training is given to the participants in cooperation with Konak Municipality, Kordon Soroptimist Club, BUHASDER and TULOV. The great enthusiasm of the women who participated in the training given by Sukran Kose, the Chairperson of the Board of BUHASDER, made the event even more effective.
Keeping in mind that AIDS is caused by the untreated human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), it can be transmitted from person to person. Kose stated: “When HIV enters the bloodstream of a person, that person becomes a carrier. HIV is a virus that damages the human immune system. Carriers become AIDS patients within 5-10 years. If they are not treated, the body cannot fight infections because the immune system is damaged, and they run the risk of serious illness and death”. Pointing out that HIV is transmitted through blood, through unprotected sexual intercourse and from an HIV-positive mother to her baby, Kose emphasized that HIV is detected using the blood tests (ELIZA test).
“A blood test measures the antibodies the body produces as it fights HIV. These antibodies can often be measured in three months after being exposed to the virus. For this reason, even if the result is negative in this process, one may still be infected and risk transmitting it to others,” she noted.