Most of my blog posts so far have primarily focused on the social implication of HIV and how this affects infected individuals. This post will move away from the discussion around stigma and discrimination and focus on the side of the medicine.
Over the last 30 years, scientist have worked tirelessly to fight to find ways to improve the lives of those living with aids. Although a cure has yet to be discovered, improvements in medication and anti-retroviral therapy have immensely improved the lives of those on medication. Individuals, who take their medication religiously can live longer and happier lives than ever before in the past.
In many cases individuals with an early diagnosis and a strong devotion to staying on top of taking their meds, are able to lower their viral load to almost undetectable levels. This sense of optimism is why is ever so important improve testing and drug availability to high risk population groups.
Treatment is more effective and comprehensive than ever before in history. With tangible hope on the horizon those with HIV should be aware of their ability to live healthy lives despite a positive diagnosis.
HIV is no longer synonymous with a death sentence and infected and uninfected individuals need to come to this realization.