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Five Quick Facts About HIV/AIDS

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Covid has staged a play and received an audience, but the silent pandemic no one is talking about is HIV/AIDS. In recent times, the media has hushed up a bit about the disease because it is not killing people in a matter of days.

Truth is, it is still very much among us and spreading like a wildfire. Below are four quick facts about the disease you should always keep in mind;

Over 40 million people around the world are living with HIV/AIDS.

HIV/AIDS

The mere thought of this can be scary because you probably do not know anyone who has it. Truth is they are all around us. According to the World Health Organization, the number of people living with HIV as at the end of 2021 was 38.4 million.

These numbers account for only those who were tested. People avoid getting tested for the fear of what they might discover so this number could actually be higher than what has been recorded.

HIV patients look as healthy as anybody else

One other fact worth stating is that people living with HIV do not always look deathly pale and skinny. They look as healthy as anybody else until years later when their symptoms start to worsen. Which is why it is always advised that you protect yourself as much as you can.

Getting tested routinely is the only way you can be sure you are safe.

The big question is how do you know you are not the new addition to the over 40 million people with the virus? There’s only one way to find out – by getting tested.

By making it a point to get tested at least twice a year, you reduce the risk of spreading it, or missing out on the chance of getting treatment early.

HIV patients can still live a normal life.

Gone are the days when being HIV/AIDS positive was a death sentence. In recent times, it is very possible to get treatment early to afford you a long and healthy life.

It all comes down to getting tested. There is no way you can get treatment for a disease you have not been diagnosed for. The fear of stigmatization can be paralyzing but what is worse is living in darkness.

Prevention is the safest way out

Yes, living on antiretroviral medicines may prolong your life but there’s nothing better than not contracting the virus in the first place.

Have safe sex, beware of shared sharp objects and make sure your partner agrees to get tested as often as required. You could be doing everything to be safe, but it doesn’t start and end with you. Entreat the people close to you to get tested.

Protect yourself, then spread the word to constantly remind others to stay safe too. Share this article with as many people as you can.

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