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"Yes I am HIV positive but I never told my mom in 15 years because of this "


Most people tend to take away their lives as soon as they find out that they are HIV positive. The reason some do so is because they are scared they will drastically lose weight and become the talk of the town. Surprisingly, plenty of them are also scared and ashamed to queue up for ARVs. Shame will only make things worse. It might negatively impact upon your attempts to combat and treat HIV. It can prevent an individual from disclosing all the relevant facts about their sexual history to the clinician. Shame can be a motivational factor in people living with HIV not engaging with or being retained in care.

There's a lady with the Twitter handle @Black83ball who is not ashamed to post about her HIV status. She often tweets that she is HIV positive but what is so astonishing is that she hasn't told her biological mother in 15 years that she is positive because she believes the older generation hold a different perception about this virus.

It is true, the older generation think when a person is HIV positive he/she is going to die soon and it's not true. Taking ARVs, eating healthy food, exercising and drinking a lot of water can help suppress the virus, but people who were born in the 50s barely know that. Thy just don't have enough information on how one can treat the virus. People don't actually tell their parents when they are HIV positive because they don't want them to be worried.



The dangerous thing that other people do is to stop taking ARVs. Clinicians need to educate patients about the dangers of drug holidays for the health of the individual as well as the population to reduce new HIV infections.

Nevertheless, despite improved health from taking ART and worse health when treatment is stopped, serious barriers to treatment remained: transport costs, time needed for treatment, and logistical challenges were barriers to treatment, whereas stigma around HIV/AIDS, and side effects associated with ART were less influential.

With a better understanding of the reasons for defaulting, interventions can be designed that improve treatment retention and ultimately, patient outcomes.



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