A South African nurse who is HIV positive, has revealed how she’s been keeping her partner safe from the virus.
According to Angela Motsusi, HIV patients who take their ARVs daily, attend all clinic appointments and do blood checks as scheduled are safe to have sex with a negative partner.
“Living testimonies of #UequalsU; it’s simple really if you are HIV positive.
Take your ARVs daily and attend all your clinic appointments and do blood checks as scheduled; by taking your treatment every day you will be virally suppressed and with a sustained.
Suppressed viral load you CANNOT sexually transmit HIV to your partner.
I am positive and he is negative.
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Equally important, the HIV, Human Immunodeficiency Virus is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system.
If HIV is not treated, it can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). There is currently no effective cure. Once people contract the virus, they have it for life. But with proper medical care, HIV can be controlled.
The virus can be transmitted through contact with infected blood, semen or vaginal fluids.
Within a few weeks of the infection, flu-like symptoms such as fever, sore throat and fatigue can occur.
Then the disease is usually asymptomatic until it progresses to AIDS. AIDS symptoms include weight loss, fever or night sweats, fatigue and recurrent infections.
No cure exists for AIDS, but strict adherence to antiretroviral regimens (ARVs) can dramatically slow the disease’s progress as well as prevent secondary infections and complications.