HIV is one of the most dangerous diseases in the world as it affects the immune system. HIV is a sexually transmitted disease which is transmitted through different fluids exchange. The disease affects the immune system by making the human vulnerable to die from any disease of foreign bacteria entering the body.
However, a recent study conducted by a team of researchers from the Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University has found a new way by which HIV can be transmitted between humans. This new transmission method was through the sharing of tools and equipment before surgery for preparation is also a way of transmitting HIV.
However, the study does not stop here as they were able to find a way to prevent this technique from spreading HIV. The study shows that the use of lighters for 10 seconds on the tools will completely destroy the HIV virus. The study went further to give campaigns to help aware the public called, “Cook Your Wash” in London, Ontario.
The study was published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (JAIDS) by lead author Michael Silverman. Michael Silverman is a Lawson Associate Scientist and Chair/Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London. He commented on his results saying “This outbreak occurred despite London having Canada’s largest per capita sterile needle and syringe distribution program, a strong opiate substitution therapy program and a multidisciplinary HIV clinic.”