VICTORY OVER HIV
Your cannot assume you are HIV+ merely because your partner is
THERE’S a natural fear among many people to go for an HIV test. They are not prepared to face reality about their HIV status. In the process, they fill their lives with anxiety, fear and uncertainty. They often create scenarios based on their experiences, trying to find answers. Among them are; ‘since my partner is negative, I am negative too’, ‘I slept with so and so who passed on because of HIVrelated opportunistic infections and that means I am positive too’ or ‘I am developing these symptoms does it mean I am positive?’ The truth is, you are doing this the wrong way.
DO NOT DIAGNOSE YOURSELF
My partner’s status – Many people assume that their partner’s HIV positive status automatically means that they are HIV positive too. Some men even check their pregnant partners just to falsely determine their HIV status. Each person has their own status.
Even if you have had unprotected sex with your partner, do not automatically assume that you are also HIV positive.
You might have slept with someone with an undetectable viral load and be lucky to have not contracted HIV.
Do not assume your HIV status based on your partner’s status. This does not mean you mustn’t be ignorant of your partner’s HIV positive status.
Signs and symptoms –
The truth is that opportunistic infections associated with HIV can be illnesses on their own.
People can have tuberculosis, shingles, pneumonia and still be HIV negative. If you also develop a rash, sores or lose weight, it is important not to simply assume that it is HIV.
Yes, developing some illnesses associated with being HIV positive may ring an alarm. However, use this to go for an HIV test. These conditions can develop on their own. Take away that mentality because it will also make you go around diagnosing people with opportunistic illnesses or other symptoms wrongly.
If you personally develop them, let it serve as encouragement to go for your own test to be certain that they are on their own or came as a result of HIV being present.
HIV IS DIAGNOSED THROUGH A TEST
There is only one way you can know if you are HIV positive. Go for an HIV test.
Do not assume or diagnose yourself because you may be subjecting yourself to unnecessary and dangerous anxiety and pain.
Make an appointment with your health practitioner, get counselling and test. This is the only way to know your HIV status.
DO NOT ASSUME THAT YOU ARE ALSO HIV POSITIVE
Clement Fana Ntuli is a motivational speaker and author of the book Turning Trials Into Triumph. Do you have any HIV-related questions? Email your question to Clement at email@example.com.