HIV is an incurable disease that causes AIDs after some time, AIDs is an advanced virus thats attacks the immune system, and interferes with the body's ability to fight infections.
The virus can be transmitted through contact with infected blood, semen or virginal fluids. In our generation the virus is mostly transmitted through unprotected sexual intercourse.
HIV is a chronic disease and it is one of the most feared diseases in the whole world. It has no cure currently but through treatment the virus can be manageable.
Back in the day, testing positive for HIV was scary, almost like a death sentence. Many people who tested positive for HIV in the 1980's and early 1990's did not live long. It's a different story now, testing positive for HIV in recent years is not a death sentence, HIV positive people can still live a long and normal life.
HIV has a treatment called ARVs, pills that HIV people take once everyday, the pill suppresses the virus and make it undetectable.
A Twitter user named Tshepiso shared "I just tested positive for HIV, it feels like it's the end of world for me".
HIV activist Thembisile Q saw the post, she commented below the post. She told Tshepiso to accept the new reality and learn as much as she can about the virus and most importantly she must forgive herself and the person who infected her with the virus.
The virus is not a death sentence, a person can live positively with HIV, as long as she accept that she has it, take the treatment correctly and consistent.
The worst thing about Tshepiso's story is that she was raped about four weeks ago, and she could have gotten the virus from the rapist.
It's very sad that after the trauma of rape, she has to deal with HIV.
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