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Positive Pinoy: my personal journey with HIV.

I was diagnosed last March 29, 2012 in a time that I was supposed to leave the country in a couple more weeks. I had my medical exam, and the result returned POSITIVE. From then on, my journey with HIV began.

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What's New?: gateway to useful links on local and international news and updates about HIV.

A summary collection of medical articles, research news, and science breakthroughs on HIV/AIDS, STIs, and other related diseases.

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HIV 101: Basic information for the newly-diagnosed.

Understand the basics, know the facts, and take care of yourself. This section contains basic information about HIV/AIDS.

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Social Media: going viral against HIV/AIDS and other STIs.

The entrance of social media in spreading awareness about HIV/AIDS has gone viral. Famous personalities and the common man alike showed their support not just to HIV education but also with regards to the lives and struggles of the LGBT community.

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Health Events: listing of wellness and advocacy events for HIV-positive individuals and friends.

This section contains a summary listing of knowledge-sharing events on HIV, mass HIV testing, and other wellness events that will strengthen the overall health of HIV-positive individuals.

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11) HIV 101: What is HIV? AIDS?



WHAT IS HIV?

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome).

  • H - Human. The virus infects human beings.
  • I - Immunodeficiency. The virus damages a human’s immune system by destroying important cells (CD4+ T cells) that fights diseases and infection.
  • V - Virus. A virus can only replicate itself by taking over a cell in the body of its host.
HIV can hide for long periods of time in the cells of the body that it can take months or even years before a person shows classic HIV disease symptoms. For some, it can happen more quickly but for others, it can take even longer. Because of this large amount of time, a person can be HIV positive and yet show no symptoms.

The only way to really know if you are HIV positive is for you to GET TESTED.

It can take up to 3 to 6 months after becoming infected before the body produces enough antibodies to give an accurate HIV test result. It is important to wait at least 3 months from your last possible exposure (unprotected sex) before taking the HIV test to be sure that the result is accurate.



WHAT IS AIDS?

AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) is the last stage of HIV infection when a person’s immune system is severely damaged and has difficulty fighting diseases and certain cancers, and put a person at risk for opportunistic infections (OIs). A person will be diagnosed with AIDS if he has one or more specific OIs, certain cancers, or a very low number of CD4 cells.

Before the development of certain medications, people with HIV could progress to AIDS in just a few years. Currently, people can live much longer, even decades, with HIV before they develop AIDS. This is because of “highly active” combinations of medications that were introduced in the mid-1990s.


References:
www.aids.gov
www.cdc.gov
www.aidsguelph.org



Currently have 3 comments:

  1. hi... thanks for a nice chat last night...
    thanks for being a connection to all people are depressed about their situation...
    as of the moment,this is what i can say...

    How can you define life...
    Life isn't all about longevity....
    Life is more about searching for the extraordinary... purpose..
    all of us has our own purposes in life and it's different for some people...

    you may say, i will die, you will die...
    but come to think of it... everyone dies....
    life is a gift cherish it....

    why? cause the real meaning of life is simply what hope means...

    if someone loses hope... it's the end of one's life...

    Life is hope...
    You own God loves you whether you believe it or not... or maybe he has a different way to express his love to each and everyone...

  2. Thank you for the kind words, not just for me, but for all other HIV positive individuals. thanks too for the chat, for all your encouragements, and for believing in me.

    You're an angel to all of us. thank you PJ. :-)

  3. maggie.danhakl@healthline.com says:

    Hi,

    I thought you might find this interesting. Healthline has compiled a list of the Effects of HIV in a visual graphic and I thought you and your readers would be interested in seeing the information.

    You can check out the information at http://www.healthline.com/health/hiv-aids/effects-on-body We’ve had good feedback about the article and we think it will benefit your readers by giving them med-reviewed information in a visual way.

    If you think this information is a good fit for your audience would you share it on your site http://pinoypositive101.blogspot.com/2012/08/11-hiv-101-hiv-and-its-mode-of.html , or social media?

    Let me know what you think and have a great week.

    All the best,
    Maggie Danhakl • Assistant Marketing Manager
    p: 415-281-3100 f: 415-281-3199

    Healthline • The Power of Intelligent Health
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