HIV/AIDS, what comes to your mind when you see these words? Whatever you see, let it have and bring hope. Long back, it used to be something to be ashamed of having HIV/AIDS or having a family member wig it. Even now it is but the frequency is very low and is decreasing.
Just like any other chronic diseases including diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, kidney disease, HIV/AIDS, lupus, and multiple sclerosis. Many people with these illnesses become depressed. In fact, depression is one of the most common complications of chronic illness. People tend to forget a lot of things and tend to put their shift and focus much more on HIV.
I have realized, HIV is not as deadly as I thought looking at people living with it especially people who have accepted it. The deadly part of HIV starts when one is in denial. First thing to deal with any negativity is acceptance and believing in the power that you have the power and can change anything from being negative to being positive.
Like any other disease, HIV comes with a set of ideas on how to face it head on, deal with it and defeat it. Let not your dreams be shuttered by anything in life you have the power to change. Usually people tend to give up on themselves after realizing that they are HIV positive . They give up on a lot of things in life and give up on hope for their lives. Some might even go to extents of caring less and making sure that everyone they choose to have sexual contact with is affected too.
By so doing, you might be thinking that is the best way to deal with it but not knowing that you are destroying yourself too. It is of much significance to open up about your HIV status to anyone you choose to have sexual contact with. It does not matter how you ended up having the HIV virus but taking good care of yourself is vital and can help save your life and other people’s lives. I am so inspired by people who choose to open up about their HIV statuses for example Tatenda Karigambe-Sandburg. He/ She opens up about her/his HIV status and inspires everyone living with it. Her aim in not to destroy but to build in this case and gives hope to people living with HIV as she uses her story to motivate and inspire others.
Tatenda shares everything about HIV that can help save one or more lives. The best thing is to take good care of yourself, love others and yourself too. It is important to make sure that your diet and way of life you choose to live would rather increase your CD4 count than to decrease it. Be a living testimony, inspire someone and save a life. Usually people end up living their whole lives in denial simply because they lacked someone who could give their story of life to motivate and inspire them.
There are so many people I know who are living with HIV / AIDS and I am glad most of them accepted and are living with it. Some of them even go an extra mile to share their side of story in order to encourage and give awareness to people. It is good for one to attend those awareness campaigns and learn one or a few things.
In this world we live, HIV is everywhere because it’s endemic. You can not see who has or does not have it except they only tell you. It is important to tell the people you engage with so that if they accept you or deny you, they do it once and for all before hurting them or yourself. Some do no care about whether the person is HIV positive or not, which is not very bad and it is also their choice.
Let us try by all means to try and create an HIV free generation by giving those already having HIV/AIDS the best form of support than sidelining them. It is our duty to help those living with HIV/AIDS to never stop hoping, having dreams, setting goals, having visions and so forth. Having a chronic disease is not the end of the world but might even be a beginning to a new world.
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