Today’s post is dedicated to you, you, you, you and yes YOU too…
Today is World AIDS Day across the globe… if you needed reminding 🙂
December 1 is an opportunity for all of us to unite and show support for those people living with HIV and remember those who have died.
Here are some recent facts according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the UNICEF and UNAIDS…
- Globally 36.9M people living with HIV at the end of 2014
- 2M were infected in 2014
- 1.2M died from HIV or AIDS in 2014
- 15.8M people are accessing antiretroviral therapy (ART) at start of 2015 globally
- Only 53% of people living with HIV know their status
- The global response to HIV has averted 30M new HIV infections since 2000, between 2000 and 2015 new infections have fallen by 35%
- Young people between ages 15-24 constitute the majority of new HIV infections, contributed to unsafe sexual activity and an increase in intravenous drug use.
- 2015 Cuba was the first country to declare to have eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV
- Sub-Saharan Africa is the most affected region with 25.8M people living with HIV in 2014, this region also accounts for almost 70% of the global total of new HIV infections.
- New infections among children have declined by 58% since 2000
Over the years my inner circle has been affected by this virus, with that I have found that I’ve had to educated myself more about the virus, the stigma that comes with it, and how important it is for those living with it to feel they belong, they still have friends they can lean on, they are still loved.
The person you knew before you found out their status, remains! HIV does not suddenly make them dangerous to be friends with. For this reason, I urge you to educate yourselves about the virus. Learn more about the dos and don’ts, learn more about how you can support those infected and affected by it.
For those infected by this virus, it is important not to let the virus rule you but rather you rule it! I know easier said than done, but I’ve seen that it is possible. If you’re fortunate to have access to ARVs, take them as you’re meant to, follow your doctor’s instructions, exercise, eat healthy and you can live a normal life.
If you are involved or married, but feel the need to “play” around .. for freaking sake use a condom! If you’re sleeping with someone you’ve just met, use a f***king condom, do not accept their word! You do not know who they slept with before you, and how long before you that was! The virus takes a few weeks after infection to be picked up. Remember that not everyone telling you that they are negative …is! If you are infected, have the decency to let the other person know before!
Educate yourself about the virus!
Be there for those around you infected by the virus!
Consult your doctor immediately, the day after if you can, following what you believe to be your exposure!
Remember that those infected are human, and still need your love, support, attention, they do not need your judgement or you making them feel guilty about the virus!
Added section after the post went live
Some facts that you should be aware of if you’re in a relationship or are considering being in one, where one partner is HIV+ :
If your HIV partner is on ARV/ART as prescribed and is receiving appropriate care, their life expectancy is about the same as yours
You can both enjoy a sexual relationship as the ARV/ART lowers the virus in the blood to “undetectable” levels in tests, meaning the risk is lower of passing HIV to a partner
Condom usage with your partner and going for regular STI tests is a great idea, just as you would with any other relationship
Negotiate boundaries of the relationship, what you want from each other, safer sex, and lookout for each other’s mental wellbeing…. as you would in any other relationship
If you’re both not comfortable talking about HIV then consult your doctor to discuss it further and clear any grey areas
Remember you have NO RIGHT to discuss your partner’s status with anyone! Let the person with HIV share their status with whomever they are comfortable sharing. If you separate or decide not to pursue a relationship, you still do not have a right to share their status!
Lastly, while HIV is part of their life, there is plenty more about the person you can get to know besides their diagnosis. Enjoy getting to know that side of them.
source : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/health/world-aids-day-my-new-boyfriend-is-hiv-positive-and-it-scares-me/?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook
Get tested! Know your status!