And what will Life with AIDS be like?
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Yeah. Many imagine, with coldness, the trajectory and the experience of HIV positive, however, live on the skin is a very complicated situation.
But complications are not confined to the body, as well as traveling by social limitations, limitations of living, fear, prejudice, and other negative aspects fully, especially in a very fully computerized as it is today.
Just to give you an idea, today, in Brazil, about 250 thousand people living with the virus AIDS and barely aware of its existence. Thus, unconscious sexual activity can further increase the incidence of whom have virus.
As stated by the health professionals of the health area, the main issue for them is not in contamination with the virus, but with the discrimination they suffer.
Only Emilio Ribas, infectious disease hospital of São Paulo is the largest in Latin America, 500 HIV tests are conducted annually, and one result is positive every three days in the hospital.
In the same hospital, 185 children are hospitalized, victims of the AIDS virus. Children end up acquiring the disease during pregnancy, the infected mother. Nowadays, there are various treatments that prevent the child acquires the virus during pregnancy, but even so, many unsuspecting mothers may simply not have access to this feature because, although it is required by law, not all doctors ask, in prenatal screening test for HIV, which causes another infection within the family.
But, the person infected with the AIDS virus, nowadays child has a normal life that can easily be likened to the life of a child who has the disease. The child can play normally, you can have fun, you can go to school, play with their friends and with the animals, and do whatever your stage allows. But that all goes well, it is necessary to warn parents that the medication should always occur.
The general expectation is that 630 thousand people are infected with the AIDS virus in Brazil. And even after several breakthroughs with regard to treatment, the disease soon after discovering the main fear of those infected is prejudice and social discrimination.
Life after the discovery of the virus
It is in the midst of some symptoms that the patient seeks medical first suspected of acquisition of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome virus. What once was limited to a simple flu starts to become much stronger because of the individual's immune system, dominated by the infection of AIDS.
So much contaminated with the AIDS virus discovered the disease when they feel the worsening of symptoms in the treatment of diseases, whether simple or not.
Examination of HIV is provided free of charge in hospitals throughout Brazil, as the disease fighting is very important for the government to WHO - World Health Organization, and many other agencies fighting the outbreak of this virus.
And with the result at hand, the disappointment with the positive result is very different from the reception of yesteryear.
In 1983, nurses and doctors were faced with a new disease affecting Brazilians. And they knew nothing about it. Therefore, treatments were performed for patients with the use of gloves and masks. Patients at that time, died within days or at most months, anyway, there was no treatment for the disease and barely knew how it acted in the human body, and its appearance one of the biggest shocks for humanity.
What changed for 1983 than
From this year on, created the rumor that AIDS was a disease transmitted among gay, due to the transmission via anal intercourse, which led to the discovery of the first cases.
So, since then, the disease was associated with the fact that the infected individual would probably be a homosexual, which was not always true. Sexual relations between men and women could also cause the appearance of the virus, as well as transmission through infected syringes.
But the prejudice is still great. In general terms, within the subconscious imagery, this is a disease for people of unruly life, who "deserve to be sick." The cases among older people have grown precisely because in their minds AIDS is part of this picture and a person over 60 years hardly makes a "free choice" HIV test; only when the disease has progressed and the infections and other opportunistic diseases appear, but it may be late and it is important that an awareness campaign be developed for this age group.
Over 30 years after the discovery of the virus in Brazil, improvements with regard to the medication and prevention are big, and the results are also positive.
Previously, the only treatment was with AZT monotherapy. The medicine was really heavy, which caused many side effects. Moreover, the question regarding the amounts to be taken were many, which hurt the overall effectiveness of this method.
In addition, the drug caused a reaction that left people with shades of gray lead, and because of that, this was more a label of "infected individual." And then, the fear of taking the medicine also came loaded with social issues: to know that you were contaminated, then you associated with marginality, the life of a sex worker, homosexual or even drug users who use the same through syringes. These factors helped further the decision to hide the disease to the fullest.
Life with HIV and sexuality
Some say that the AIDS virus has also incorporated other name "virus morals." To acquire it, the infected individuals are afraid to go beyond the disease, of being responsible for another infection.
Initially, many then become "asexual". Afraid of sex, afraid to tell anyone other than your partner (especially among polluters who acquired HIV early, and were not married, for example, at the time of discovery, since it hampers future serious relationships), afraid of "ruining" the life of another person who might be living a good, but is infected with the AIDS virus.
These are the main points mentioned by infected with HIV, who are discovered as HIV positive, still fear these days, the end of sexual intercourse, mainly because the other guy is afraid to get involved and end up getting infected, even if proven that sex with a condom does not transmit the virus. In oral sex, for example, just use a condom or own a PVC film on the woman so that it can also be performed normally.
With regard to kisses and caresses they are released for seropositive. Kisses can only be prevented for some time when some of them is with cuts in the mouth.
Meanwhile, in Brazil
According to updated data from UNAIDS, the United Nations program to combat the disease are approximately 40 million individuals infected with HIV. Of these, about 1,6 million are spread in Brazil, where Brazil is just over 600 thousand infected, or who live with the disease itself, or with the virus.
But advances with regard to the Brazilian territory are well meaning, especially if compared to other countries. Here, the supply of drugs for the treatment of disease is a national program, which is a reference worldwide and operates under the law for more than 10 years.
To combat HIV, today the Ministry of Health provides free antiretroviral 16 differentiated in public health. These drugs are responsible to prevent multiplication of this virus, besides also to defer to the maximum the evidence and symptoms of the disease.
Because of this, patients with positive diagnosis of today, is living a normal life - if not for the discrimination that still petrified about society.
The patient's life, after the emergence of the cocktail, has virtually no restriction.
Moreover, the Ministry of Health itself which has a National STD and viral hepatitis, states that the rate of transmission of the virus is still very high in the country, considering 19,8 contamination for each 100 thousand Brazilian population.
The development of the disease, for some time now, is more common in women. In men, in turn, the growth rate fell, and among men with ages ranging from 13 and 29 years. The decrease of the virus in children under the age of 5 is also remarkable.
Thus, it can be seen that especially in the Brazilian territory, advances with regard to treatment and policies that define the form of free distribution of them are quite significant, which should make the lives of HIV-positive, in theory, as normal as to the other.
But the main problem is the discrimination, the factor that most certainly affect the insertion of this individual back into society.
Children documented in a special work at the hospital in Sao Paulo previously mentioned, hardly know what it is about the disease, and treatment offered to them daily, allows to have a normal life. But when talking to small, it is understood that they know the risks of disease to tell any playmate of the school, for example.
Even children are already impregnated with this prejudice that has engulfed the company. Even when people will not understand that the seropositive can also lead a normal life?
The increasing computerization has led to people the knowledge to help and to accept the inclusion of the HIV in society, which is the main fear of them after an examination with positive results.
Meanwhile, young people who have been infected with the disease, are afraid to tell their friends. Even fear of family. Fear of relating. Fear of loving, of being involved, of falling in love. Nowadays HIV infection can not yet be cured, as it is a chronic, progressive disease that affects the human immune system. However, intensified treatment enables the infected person to live their own life normally, just like you or anyone else.
However, prejudice and discrimination that already circulate should have been extinct long ago, but are still impregnated in the workplace, in college, in the streets and anywhere. The relationship should be normal, just like any other. With regard to sexuality, protection allows normal sex between an HIV-positive and an individual who does not have the disease, without the transmission of the virus occurs.
Again, life with HIV
Certainly, as soon as you read this title, you must have contemplated life "suffered" the patient has deesta illness. Of course she does not cease to be, after all, nobody buys a disease that size because you want to. However, has given notice to the patient infected with the AIDS virus can and SHOULD lead a normal life within society.
Amazingly, what else affects and infects HIV positive is discrimination, which occurs in many different ways and in almost all places. Living with the AIDS virus has left some time ago, to be a problem only health and has become a societal problem, an issue of insertion, placement in this environment.
The life of the patient with HIV is not easy. He must still live with impregnated, old prejudices and without scientific justification, and must protect the abusers of discrimination.
We know, or at least should know, that the health of a person is not built solely for the physical integrity, but also for its moral, for their mental and emotional health.
Treatments, medicines and advances enabled the patient infected with the HIV virus began to have their physical health, or the health of your body, the improvement in the treatment of disease and delay the onset of the same again.
But if you have a disease that still affects society as a whole and that prevents the improvement of mental health and emotional health of HIV-contaminated certainly is discrimination.