Just, Diagnosed With HIV, is Life Over?November 25, 2011 10:08 am
A young man in his late 20’s opened up about his experience with just being newly diagnosed as being HIV positive. At the time of his infection, he was lonely and looking for someone to keep him company. It was the first girl he had dated in a while, and they used protection, but the condom broke. He says that his first test was negative and then a month later it came back positive.
Nevertheless, he has been diagnosed with H.I.V., the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, the Virus that in due time, breaks down a person’s immune system which then becomes full blown A.I.D.S (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), and leaving individuals extremely vulnerable to contracting even the simplest cold, which often puts their bodies at war to overcome, and recover. He is now concerned about life being over, ever having children, or finding a wife.
Fortunately today’s science and technology has advanced the era of medicines that treat H.I.V. to a point where the average time it takes H.I.V. to progress to A.I.D.S. is about 10 years. However, lets keep in mind that many of those people take their meds properly, and take care of themselves as a whole.
To be diagnosed with HIV, or any STD can be a serious blow to a person’s self esteem, and can cause a mix of unhealthy emotions, which can lead to suicide, depression, drug use, or other risky behavior. Engaging in continuous risky behavior after infection, could result in person being co-infected with other strains of HIV (some are more harsh than others), or other deadly diseases.
For those of you that are infected, there are organizations, resource centers, and online forums where you can connect to and talk with other people about this disease. For those of you who are not aware of the side affects mentally, emotionally, and physically, you might want to take a look at the link to the online forum below. These are real people who have been infected that have shared their stories. If you read some of their testimonies, such as these: http://forums.poz.com/index.php?board=16.50 it might help you decide how safe you will be when you make that choice. Remember abstinence is the only way where you can 100% prevent pregnancy, HIV, and Sexually Transmitted Infections. And if you are going to have sex whether oral, anal, or vaginal, you need to know how to protect yourself, and use it properly, and remember to use it EVERYTIME! Also, remember that HIV is spread through the sharing of needles, including those used for tattooing.
Keep in mind that there are people out here who have HIV and other STDS and they might not tell you. HIV is the only STD where a person is required by law to tell those they have sexual contact with that they are positive. Even with the law, there are many people that will not tell you. So your job is to look out for yourself. Protect Yourself!!!
Here is a video of a young man who knew he had HIV but decided to infect others and spread it:
You have a choice. You can choose to be healthy and happy, or you can take risks, but remember that for every choice, there is a consequence. So be prepared to deal with the consequences of the choices you make and the risks you take!
L.A.D.Y. Inc Adviser
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