Today marks the 35th World AIDS Day that is being celebrated globally. As we all know that th deadly viral disease is highly prevalent in Africa, it is therefore on this note that we have compiled three things you need to know about the viral disease.
1. Knowledge is power
If you are not comfortable asking questions, make sure you read up as much as you can about HIV and living positively with HIV. Many are dying in ignorance because they have not sought an understanding of the disease. Please seek knowledge either as a someone who has tested positive or one who has tested negative.
2. ARV treatment requires commitment
ARV stands for Anti Retroviral and this is th therapy used in the management of the condition. Do not start antiretroviral treatment unless you are ready to take responsibility and be dedicated to medication times. Usage takes a desire to use and keep using on the part of the patient. Make sure you understand why you have to take it and how it works.
3. HIV is not a death sentence
Contrary to popular beliefs in Africa, HIV is not a sentence to death! Because you are a carrier of the virus does not equate to dying of the virus.
HIV chronic manageable condition, if you are well informed and make the necessary lifestyle changes, you can live a long, full life with HIV.
There are a lot of people who live longer with the disease because it all boils down to its management.
As we all work towards an HIV free Africa, It is noteworthy that we all get tested for the disease at the earliest possible time.