HIV positive people must stop taking the ARVs because of this (Opinion)

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Ever since HIV epidemic started in South Africa in 1982, people were afraid of the virus and were devastated by it, and it was limited to the gay society. The HIV cases were higher at that time and high numbers of infections were recorded daily until the numbers started decreasing in 1987, but today’s article will deal with why HIV people must stop taking ARVs because of they do to their bodies.

I know it is what is keeping them alive and kicking, but I thought of sharing about the history of HIV first, to read more on this history and how they managed to control this epidemic just hit this link: https://academic.oup.com/ije/article/31/1/37/655915, that is where you can get the full meaning of what did South Africa do to get this under control.

The reason I say that people must stop taking the ARVs which are the main treatment for HIV at the moment with no cure is because of its effect in their bodies, these side effects can be so severe enough to make a person start thinking about letting them go, and some of these effects can be life-threatening and can even be worse the longer the drug is taken.

So, as these effects are even life-threatening, I say that HIV people must stop taking this drug because the longer you take it, the more you stand the chance of loosing your life, here is the list of those effects that this drug does to you.

1.      Appetite loss

2.      Lipodystrophy (condition that makes people lose or gain more weight and make them feel anxious)

3.      Diarrhoea

4.      Fatigue

5.      Higher than normal levels of cholesterol and triglycerides

6.      Mood changes, depression, and anxiety

7.      Nausea and vomiting

8.      Rash (this one can be fatal, if you also experience trouble breathing or swallowing, fever, blisters around the eyes, nose, and mouth, a rash that starts and spread itself quickly) so the option is to run to a nearest hospital in the earliest days you see these signs, to avoid worse that may happen.

9.      Trouble sleeping

10.  May cause excessive bleeding, heart diseases, high blood sugar and diabetes, kidney, liver, and pancreas damage, and pain in hands or feet due to nerve problems.

To read more about these side effects of ARVs you can click this link: https://www.healthline.com/health/hiv-aids/antiretroviral-drugs-side-effects-adherence#other-side-effects, after reading this you will get to know more about these effects and also learn how to cope with them and to ensure that they are under your control.

And to add more on how to cope with HIV and the ARVs, this following link here will take you to it, just click it and read more on how to deal with some of the side effects like depression and sadness, fear and anxiety, and the neuro disorders that are related to the hands and feet: https://hivinsite.ucsf.edu/hiv?page=pb-daily-mental, this piece of writing is written with care and love for you out there who does not know what the so called treatment is doing in your bodies.

What I can say is that maybe a new treatment should be generated, a treatment that will put no ones life in danger, the one that will ensure our dear mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters safety and to give them assurance that nothing may happen when they take it.

The other fact about the ARVs is that if it is not taken in as required, then it will not work but will be in the bloodstream and cause the virus to replicate and be resistance to it, and this will mean that if it is resistance to it, the danger that you will face is the side effects of the ARVs and also the virus as it is now resistance to it.

Tell us as a reader, do you stand with me on this saying or not?

What pains me in the heart is that I cannot just stand and watch my fellow brother or sister or mother or father die due to the virus and nor can I watch them die due to the treatment, I am caught up between two mountains with no where to go, so we have to ensure that our cries are heard so that something better than the ARVs is created.

If there be anyone who might be worried about what might happen if they stop taking the ARVs as I say in this article, then it is about time that you must visit this side to learn more about it, just click this link: https://www.avert.org/living-with-hiv/monitoring-switching-treatment#:~:text=ARV%20drugs%20keep%20HIV%20under,likely%20to%20pass%20HIV%20on.

Even more great, the cure. Because the ARVs are to be taken for the patient’s whole life, but the cure is taken once and enjoy for the whole time. What do you say about this article? Do you think that indeed they should stop taking these ARVs?

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List of sources/references:

1.      https://www.healthline.com/health/hiv-aids/antiretroviral-drugs-side-effects-adherence#other-side-effects

2.      https://academic.oup.com/ije/article/31/1/37/655915

3.      https://hivinsite.ucsf.edu/hiv?page=pb-daily-mental

4.      https://www.avert.org/living-with-hiv/monitoring-switching-treatment#:~:text=ARV%20drugs%20keep%20HIV%20under,likely%20to%20pass%20HIV%20on

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