More than “just pills”

You’ve probably heard or read that anti-HIV treatments are very effective.

That they’ve increased the life expectancy for people living with HIV. That they’ve become less toxic, and that often you only need to take them once a day.

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If that’s the case, then why is safe sex still so important? It’s because, in spite of improvements in how HIV can be managed, being diagnosed is still a big deal. HIV is a virus that stays with you for life. In other words, it means taking at least one pill a day, 365 days a year, for the rest of your life. For many HIV-positive people it also means living with daily side effects and chronic health problems that affect their quality of life.

Living with HIV also means dealing with discrimination and with the risk of being excluded. You could easily draw a comparison with the discrimination faced by members of the gay community. Lots of men will keep quiet about their sexual orientation at work so as not to compromise their career, or simply to avoid losing the trust and friendship of colleagues. The fears and taboos surrounding HIV are just as strong, and people living with HIV are discriminated against in the same way.

To learn more, check out the brochure Living positive created by REZO. 

 

flecheYou can also contact a community-based HIV organization in your area. To find an organization near you, please type your postal code in the search tool situated in the right hand column.