HIV/AIDS Information

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I’m a heterosexual man living with HIV. HIV/AIDS is a condition that affects us all; gay, straight, latino, black, white; you name it. If you have never been tested for HIV, I would highly recommend you do so because not only you are taking control of your own health by doing so, but you are protecting yourself and the ones you love in the process. It has also recently been shown that if you test positive, getting into treatment immediately will allow you to live a long life comparable to a person who is not living with HIV. Not to mention, recent studies have proven that being on treatment renders it impossible to transmit HIV to others.

Well said by international HIV activist and spokesperson, Maria Mejia. It’s not the 80’s any longer. Nowadays science prove there’s nothing to fear from people living with HIV. It’s time to end the hate, stigma and discrimination. Remember that not everyone living with HIV has lived a questionable lifestyle and even if so, everyone makes mistakes.

Being hateful, fearful or discriminating people living with HIV goes against not only ethical principals, but science itself. I urge you to educate yourself and others and to those who continue to show a negative attitude towards people living with HIV, perhaps you should look at yourself in the mirror and evaluate yourself because your actions are a reflection of your own character.

Perhaps some may find my words harsh but I can’t put it any other way. I say it how it is, in the hope of educating those who still live in ignorance. Everyone deserves to be treated equally and respectfully. The time for stigma is over.

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HIV/AIDS is not the death sentence it used to be back in the 80s and today with the newer treatment options available, it has become a manageable condition. Unfortunately there are still social issues attached to HIV/AIDS; stigma being one of them and one we have been fighting to end since the start of the epidemic. People living with HIV are stigmatized and discriminated against for various reasons which can range from misinformation regarding the transmission of HIV, fear, hate; because people believe that those living with HIV deserve it because of their sexual promiscuity, drug use or other reasons.

Another issue is the issue of AIDS denialism. There are groups of people who believe HIV doesn’t exist, testing is worthless, the medications used to treat HIV are the cause of AIDS and not the virus, that people who are ill and have tested positive are ill because of their lifestyle issues, malnutrition, drug use etc. I was once a prominent voice for the denialist movement but I left and disassociated from HIV/AIDS denial in general after a few life changing experiences had me open my eyes to reality.

I stumbled upon the denialist information while researching information on HIV/AIDS and many people find this information by doing the same or because they are introduced to the subject of HIV/AIDS denial by someone who is already affiliated with the movement or has found interest in what they have to say and they feel like sharing this information with others. Questioning is fine and whether or not a person decides to start treatment for HIV is their own personal choice, but I believe that before someone makes that choice, they should be properly informed about HIV/AIDS, the consequences of HIV/AIDS denial and untreated HIV.

The following page has excellent information that I believe everyone who has been exposed to HIV/AIDS denialist information should be aware of. Remember, questioning, being in denial or just being curious is one thing; risking your life by eschewing treatment for HIV is a risk you should consider very carefully. Don’t play with your life; it’s not worth it.

AIDSTruth.org: Debunking denialist myths

The following links are pages with great information regarding HIV/AIDS. Feel free to read up, inform yourself, inform others and get tested and if you happen to be positive, remember you can live a long and healthy life living with HIV if you get on treatment as soon as you are diagnosed. If you test negative; continue practicing safe sex, protecting yourself and getting tested every 6 months to update your status.

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Starting antiretroviral treatment early improves outcomes for HIV-infected individuals

The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource – TheBody.com

Poz.com

HIV/AIDS information from the Federal government about prevention, testing, treatment, research, and using new media in response to HIV/AIDS.

National Institue of Health – HIV/AIDS Resources

Desert AIDS Project

AIDS Project Los Angeles

Get Tested Coachella Valley | HIV Testing: Free HIV Tests

AIDSmeds – HIV – AIDS – Treatment – Drugs


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8 thoughts on “HIV/AIDS Information

  1. Give ’em Hell, John!

    The issue facing some of us is that facts are stubborn things. Unless you ARE HIV positive, you do not know what it is like – you do not have a clue. Unless you are faced with your own death, depending on which treatment you choose to use or not, you do not have a clue.

    The issues (facts) John brought up here are real and cannot be dismissed with a few sentences from people who aren’t facing the issue head on. It is easy to write degrading notes and declarations when you aren’t. Those of us who are facing life and death issues every day are the ones who will have to figure it out, because the opposing sides in this controversy are refusing to recognize that it IS still a controversy.

  2. There are always far more than “two sides” to any issue. And there are good and bad (or nice and ugly) people who espouse nearly every side of every issue. Judging whether any given “side” of an issue is true or not, based on personalities of some of the people espousing that side, is not a very solid way of seeking the truth. Although Cheryl is correct that each person who is impacted by HIV (or any other medical issue) needs to decide for themselves how best to handle it, we also have to keep in mind that not every person is trained in virology, epidemiology, biochemistry and so on. Most medical doctors have at least a basic understanding of all of these fields as well as hopefully an understanding of how to help individual people make the best decisions for themselves and their loved ones. Medical doctors can be fined, jailed, or sued if they give inaccurate or misleading or bad advice to their patients. People who give medical advice on the internet do not need to fear any such problems if they give bad advice. There are many laws against financial fraud which steal people’s wealth, but far fewer laws against bad medical advice outside the licensing and regulation of MDs and “the established” medical fields.

    This of course does not mean that all doctors are good, or that the established medical field has all the answers. It is only one thing to consider when faced with questions about “which side” of a medical issue might be more likely to be telling the truth.

  3. I’ve had nearly the same experience as you & your wife. I was infected with HIV in 2010 because i believed in the “Rethinking” movement. First i tried every “natural remedy” out there; supplements, diet, IV vitamin C, IV ozone, coffee enemas, crystals, etc. None of it worked. I ended up in the hospital with PCP in 2014. Tried ARV’s for 3 months but was having digestive issues, so i stopped them. I felt good without meds for another year, and tried taking Black Seed oil, but then in 2016 i came down with Mycobacterium Avium Complex and Kaposi’s Sarcoma. Now i’m on meds again. It’s not going so well to be honest, but i’ve really expired all my other options. I think “Rethinking AIDS” is dangerous now. They are confusing people with unprovable scientific technicalities, and not looking at the obvious truth of real people’s experiences. I’m ready to team up against them!

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