Living with HIV
HIV infection does not necessary means a death sentence, people living with HIV can lead a normal life others does. If you and your friends have HIV infection it simply means that you have a virus in your body which could lead to the depletion of your body‘s ability to defend itself. If you are not very careful with your physical and mental this infection can lead to AIDS which means your body’s ability to defend from foreign disease causing bacteria or virus and cancers.
If you learn that you have HIV in your body it is very important to maintain your health and if you are addiction or use to with any habits (like addiction to the consumption of tobacco, drugs and alcohol) which could lead to depletion of your body’s immune systems you should stop those practice. We know it hard to stop it right away. To help yourself you will need to talk to a people (friends, counsellors, health workers, social workers, teachers or you could even write to us) who could help you.
It is not necessary to tell everyone that you have HIV this may lead to discrimination against you in your social circle. You may choose to tell people and go public about your status to create awareness in the society but this may lead to chaos in your person and you social life. We would suggest you not to reveal your HIV status and tell to people whom you could trust to maintain privacy. If doctors’ nurses and any other people working in health setup reveal your status to outside world, even to your family it is illegal and you have all the legal right take them to court. There are many lawyers who will be very glad to help you. Your HIV status is your private matter and it is your personal choice whether to tell other or not. But we would suggest you to tell it to your sexual partners whom you would not to put at risk. This would help spreading HIV in our community.
You should then keep a good track on your health, if you any problems you should immediately consult the doctor and get away from your health problems. You should a seat balance diet food lots of proteins. You should eat lots of green leafy vegetables and fruits (it helps you immune systems). Then on time to time you should go for CD4 count test, this test will indicate the numbers of white blood cells in one mm of your blood. This measurement can indicate if you are in AIDS stage or not but the scale differs from country to country. For instance in UK people how are having CD4 count below 350 and in case of India it is 200 white blood cells per one mm of your blood. So if you are falling below the scale of your specific country you will have to start treatment call antiretroviral treatment which will help you to reduce pace of viral progress and helps you to regain your body’s immune system. To get treatment on AIDS you will need to contact local AIDS treatment centres. For instance for people living in Dharamshala it is in Shimla, beside free medicine there will also repay you the travel expenditure for you and your attainder. Tibetan Government in Exile is also paying you all the medical expenditure if you have HIV/AIDS. We will have to know some governmental and non governmental agencies which are providing your any kind of assistance. These assistance will help you with your financially as well as emotionally. You could save some money by using their assistance and use it on your diet or something which is good for you.
But remember if you have HIV that doesn’t mean you will infect this infection to your family member if you stay with them under one roof. Unless you didn’t have unsafe sex and unless your blood didn’t enter in to their blood steam there is no way you will infect your family members. So you can enjoy your family life as much as other does.
Remember if you are infect with HIV that does not mean you are alone there are millions of other people going through same problems and there are many self group form to help among people living with HIV, there are many people with whom you can seek help.