What Is Your HIV Status: If I Had HIV by LAB
Back in the day, HIV had a political sting, a religious bite and a frightening stigma to it. People thought catching HIV was a death sentence. Nobody knew where the disease came from or how it was transmitted, how it worked, or what it really meant for the people who were catching it, but one thing the public thought widely was that the HIV virus was god's way of getting even with homosexuals.
Because of the religious community there was a lot of misinformation about HIV in the early 70's because many people thought it was a gay man's disease and only gay men could get it, but HIV is a disease that anyone can get and because it is a disease heterosexuals also get it and their children are born with HIV.
In 2016, 24% of pregnant women living with HIV did not have access to ARVs to prevent transmission to their infants.3 In the same year, around 160,000 children became infected with HIV; this equates to 438 children a day.4
The majority of children living with HIV live in Africa, where AIDS remains the leading cause of death among adolescents.7 Globally, 120,000 children died due to AIDS-related illnesses in 2016. This equates to 328 deaths every day.8 In fact, children aged 0–4 years living with HIV are more likely to die than any people living with HIV of any other age.9This is despite a 62% reduction in AIDS-related deaths among this age group globally, since 2000.10
What Would I Do If I Tested Positive for HIV?
4.) I would keep it a secret. HIV is not a public announcement to be made. We do not live in a world of acceptance and tolerance. There is a stigma to HIV though their should not be, but because of that stigma I would keep my status a secret and only share my secret with my sexual partner because they are the only ones I put at risk interacting with me. I would possibly tell one close relative if i thought I could trust them with my status in case complications arise.
5.) Finally, I would live my best life. If i had HIV, i would just remind myself that life is a blessing and be more inspired to make the most out of my time here on earth before i have to leave it. I would think of what I want to accomplish before my death and go after my dream life. Because everyday I would have to be super health conscious I would probably start eating right and exercising and be much healthier than my peers in spite having the disease. In fact the virus might give me the motivation i need to take my life from ordinary to extraordinary. I would not let people make me into a stigma. I would still be sexy and I would still be brave.
In strictly medical terms, there's no difference between HIV and diabetes; they're not curable, but they're very, very highly treatable, and early information is power. The only thing - literally the only thing - that is different is the stigma. And we have to overcome it, because it is now the only reason people are dying.
If you look at three diseases, the three major killers, HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, the only disease for which we have really good drugs is HIV. And it's very simple: because there's a market in the United States and Europe. Jim Yong Kim
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