What are the Myths about HIV that need to be Busted
HIV for a long time has remained an epidemic despite the fact that it is one of the most widely known diseases. It is estimated that over 39 million lives have so far succumbed to the disease all over the world with the number adding up daily. Good news is that the rate has slowed down by 35% since major awareness campaigns were launched a little later than 1984. Over 34 million people are living with the virus worldwide. Africa has the highest rate of infections making up for 70% of the global count. This is closely followed by Central and South America. HIV epidemic seems to be more rampant in third world countries laden by poverty and political instability. There are a number of aspects of the disease that have made it a problem in globally. These are mostly myths that continue to linger about the ailment. Here are a few.
Patients with HIV are as good as gone: This is one of the most misunderstood facts about HIV and AIDS. People with HIV will take as long as up to 15 years before they develop full-blown AIDS. Some will even take more depending on how they handle the disease. A good diet and Antiretroviral drugs will give the body chances to fight infections and add the CD4 count. HIV simply means that you have contracted the virus. AIDS is an advanced stage of HIV.
HIV Patients cannot live normal lives: It is important to note that HIV patients that are under medication and a good diet can do as much as anyone else. They can also live as long as anyone else. These patients are able to work, carry out their daily tasks as well as have good relationships. They can also engage in protected intercourse with their partners.
Herbalists can Cure AIDS: The fact of the matter is that there is no known cure for AIDS. Antiretroviral supplements are used to enhance the span of life by increasing the CD4 cell count. The virus attacks the T-helper cells critical for supporting the immune system. The lowered immunity exposes the body to other infections, especially the pneumatic types.
Patients with HIV know it: The fact of the matter is that there is a very big percentage of patients with HIV, but unaware of it. HIV will pose as many other diseases before slowly slipping into a more advanced stage. 17% of the global population affected by AIDS is unaware that it has the virus. This is one of the reasons why the disease spreads so fast. A series of blood screenings are performed to test for HIV. ELISA, like the Western blot test, detects HIV antibodies in your blood.
It is a disease for the poor: This is one of the most passed around myths. There are millions of rich people living with HIV-AIDS. The interaction between the poor and the rich is as deep when it comes to contracting HIV. It is a disease that can affect anyone.
Passed through Contact: There is a lot of stigma being passed on to the victims of HIV. HIV can only be passed via the exchange of fluid. People with HIV can live comfortably with healthy individuals.