AIDS isn't temporary,
it's there for life

Don't close your eyes on important things

HIV is three letters a person doesn’t forget once they are diagnosed HIV-positive. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) causes AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) and both can’t be cured. When the AIDS epidemic first started, it was called GRID-gay-related immune deficiency-no. Gay Africans were mostly the ones affected by this disease. Nowadays it’s the biggest global epidemic: 33 million people are currently living with HIV. This virus weakens the immune system by destroying the CD4 cells also known as white blood cells. AIDS is the advanced stage of HIV is noticed by a lot of extreme and unpleasant syndromes.

The problem in industrialized countries is that people don’t take this epidemic as seriously as in other countries around the world like Africa. Being diagnosed HIV-positive is life changing. Never mind the midlife crisis, worry and anxiety takes over. Treating HIV as soon as possible is a must, because when your CD4 cells are under 200/mm3, you have AIDS. ART (antiretroviral therapy) is drugs used to stop the virus from spreading. These treatments cannot be stopped at any moment in your life. One pill per day is what it takes; it seems like nothing but it’s the only solution and it comes with side effects: nausea, diarrhea, trouble sleeping, dizziness, obesity, diabetes and can cause accelerated ageing of someone’s organs. In our country, patients can live normal lives; they can survive with HIV many years: men up to 39,5 years and 50,2 for women. With HIV, you live longer but when you add a cancer it becomes critical. People with HIV are 2 to 4 times more at risk of developing a cancer, mostly in cervical and anal arias.

In conclusion, we have to make it stop now! If you weren’t aware, 800 000 children under 15 years old had HIV in Africa in 2001; they aren’t even old enough to have sexual relationships. 90% of then were infected because their mother passed it on to them. This is really bad…

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Griffin, R.Morgan. "Advances in HIV treatment: Understanding ART" WebMD.com.WebMD Feature, 12 Dec. 2013.Web.23 Apr. 2014

Nothlas, Jean-Luc. "VIH: Les médicaments permettent de vivre normalement?" sante.lefigaro.fr.Le Figaro, 4 Jul. 2010.Web. 21 Apr. 2014

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