AIDS in cats spreads to humans
The disease in cats develops in much the same way as Acquired Immune Deficiency or AIDS in people. “As in humans, AIDS in cats weakens the immune system allowing any disease, virus or bacteria to attack the pet’s organism”. Dr. Loaiza assures.
As previously mentioned by Dr. Ricardo Loaiza, in general, cats positive for AIDS have normal lives, except that they must be watched a little more closely to ensure that they do not present poor appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, dental problems, ocular, neurological or respiratory alterations. These are the most common symptoms presented by cats with this condition; however, the symptoms can be very varied because they can be caused by the virus itself, as well as by opportunistic infections that take advantage of the cat’s low defenses to attack.
Feline AIDS is not the end of a cat’s life, as mentioned throughout the text is a special condition that can be treated, allowing the pet a happy and peaceful life, it only takes will and love.
What happens if I am bitten by a cat with AIDS?
Because of the slow acting nature of the virus, cats can become infected with feline immunodeficiency virus without showing symptoms of the disease. Symptoms of feline immunodeficiency virus are non-specific and include fever, low activity level and appetite, gum disease (presenting as mouth sores), weight loss and swollen lymph nodes.
To reduce the spread of the virus, all uninfected cats should be kept separate from infected cats. Spaying and neutering can also reduce a cat’s need to go outside or participate in other activities that may increase its risk of coming into contact with an infected cat when outdoors.
Feline AIDS spreads to dogs
The main way of contagion for cats is through bites. The presence of the virus in the saliva of these felines is very high and a simple bite can be enough to contract the disease. Cats can also become infected in social spaces shared with other cats through grooming or through common drinking and feeding bowls. Some cats born to infected females can also contract the disease and it is not known whether blood-sucking parasites such as fleas can spread the infection.
There is currently no treatment that produces remission of the virus. In this sense, the main focus in the treatment of infected cats is on the care of secondary infections. Is there a vaccine to prevent infection? Unlike HIV, there is a registered vaccine in the United States to prevent Feline Immunodeficiency Virus infection. However, the vaccine is not approved in Europe due to limited data on its efficacy.
How feline AIDS is transmitted
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system. If left untreated, it can cause AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). By knowing the basics about HIV, you can stay healthy and prevent HIV transmission. You can also download materials to share, or watch videos, about basic HIV information.
In some people, it causes flu-like symptoms within 2 to 4 weeks after infection (called acute HIV infection). These symptoms may last for a few days or several weeks. Possible symptoms include:
However, during acute HIV infection some people may not feel sick. If you have these symptoms, it does not mean you have HIV infection. Other illnesses can cause the same symptoms.