HIV Aids Information
Discovering that you or a loved one has tested positive with HIV is scary. There is so much misleading information out there that getting the truth can be difficult. The information we provide is the truth. If you have any doubts or questions regarding this disease, come and chat to one of our Peermed professionals. We treat ALL information in the strictest confidence.
FACTS AND MYTHS SURROUNDING AIDS AND HIV
Aids is a scary topic. For many, it is so worrying that they find it easier to remain untested.
It does not have to be a guaranteed death sentence. At Peermed, we have many HIV positive patients who are living healthy and productive lives. We assist our patients with the correct dietary information and, where necessary, provide the required medication.
If you have any concerns about your status, come into Peermed for a simple test.
What is HIV?
What is Aids?
How do you catch the virus?
Having unprotected sex with an infected person
Sharing a needle with someone who is HIV-positive
Being born to an infected mother or drinking the breast milk of an infected woman
What are CD4 cells?
Once the patient’s CD4 count drops below 200 HIV becomes Aids.
All about ARVs
At which stage of the illness does treatment start?
What about side effects?
Can HIV be transmitted to a baby?
However, modern drugs are extremely effective at preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Speak to your Peermed doctor who will advise you on which ARVs are best suited to your circumstances.
Breast is not always best
At a glance: important pointers in the prevention and management of HIV
- Always use a condom.
- Have your partner and you tested, especially at the beginning of a new relationship.
- If you do test positive for HIV work closely with your Peermed GP to maintain good health.
- NEVER miss a dose of ARVs – the medication may then stop working.
- There is NO cure
- You cannot catch Aids from mosquitoes.
- HIV-positive people cannot be detected by their appearance.
- Aids is not restricted to gay men.
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