Hey guys, this is just a short message reminding everyone that it is World AIDS Day. It has been over thirty years since we first came to know about the disease, we still have no cure, and people still die every day. That said, we have come a long way since the early stages of the epidemic, and people are able to live with it much longer than they used to. When it comes to HIV, we’ve come so far that – save the trouble and expense of medication – it can hardly affect a sufferer’s life at all.
A lot of praise is currently being given to PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), which is said to drastically reduce the chances of HIV-negative individuals from even contracting the virus.
There are a few things that we should bear in mind every day, yet even more so today. Firstly, it is of absolute importance that you know your status. Fear should never be an excuse to not get tested. Your life, and possibly the lives of many others, may be at risk if you are HIV positive and unaware of it. Get tested. Get tested. Get tested!
It is also important to educate yourself on HIV/AIDS. It’s one thing to be cautious in order to prevent yourself getting it; it is entirely another to be so paranoid that you fall for all the myths and misconceptions surrounding the virus and disease, and end up naively perpetuating them.
Finally (and of vital importance) show compassion to those who have either HIV or AIDS. Those suffering from these illnesses are not dirty, they aren’t immoral, they aren’t being punished for anything, and they certainly are not undeserving of love. It takes nothing from us to show kindness to others, but sometimes it winds up giving them heaps!
Be good. Be kind. Be safe.