If they experiencing some of the following symptoms (Lack of energy, weight loss, frequent fevers and sweats, persistent skin rashes or flaky skin and short-term memory loss) it might be an indication that they are infected with the HIV virus. It is best to have a woman with you when ministering and praying for the sick. The woman ministering with you can take the woman that might be infected aside in private and ask if she experience persistent or frequent yeast infections and whether there are sores in her mouth and private parts which might be through herpes infections – also an symptom of HIV.
These symptoms might be an indication that they are infected with HIV. To make sure we send or take them to the nearest Clinic or Hospital.
Some of them might already be infected with AIDS - AIDS is the most advanced stage of HIV infection. The definition of AIDS includes all HIV-infected people who have fewer than 200 CD4+ cells per micro liter of blood. The definition also includes 26 conditions that are common in advanced HIV disease but that rarely occur in healthy people. Most of these conditions are infections caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and other organisms. Opportunistic infections are common in people with AIDS. Nearly every organ system is affected.
Some of the common symptoms of AIDS include the following:
Cough and shortness of breath
Seizures and lack of coordination
Difficult or painful swallowing
Mental symptoms such as confusion and forgetfulness
Severe and persistent diarrhea
Nausea, abdominal cramps, and vomiting
Weight loss and extreme fatigue
And also severe headaches with neck stiffness.
We are now also starting lecturing the woman and young teenagers on our outreaches and during our interaction with the homeless in Worcester about HIV and AIDS. We encourage them to have protected sex when engaging in these activities. We encourage them to use condoms and this will also help in the prevention of unwanted pregnancies. We encourage the teenagers to wait till they are married before having sex. When they are planning to get married it would be in their best interest if both get tested. Those who had sex in the past we encourage to get tested to find out their HIV/ AIDS status and if infected to get medical help.