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Living in positive

1 December marks World AIDS Day. To reflect on what it means to live with a positive result.

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Vivir-en-positivo

Every time I'm sent to draw blood, for whatever reason, I always ask the doctor to include the HIV test. I know a lot of people don't do it, maybe out of shame, so often out of fear, maybe because they think it's not going to happen to them. There were many people who thought the same thing and, when they received the positive result, it was already late.

Today, the outlook for HIV/AIDS has changed. Thanks to the new combination therapies, it is possible to stop the multiplication of the virus and allow infected people to develop their daily lives in much better conditions.

Despite this, receiving a positive HIV test result is a difficult blow to face. But it is also the opportunity to start taking care of yourself in time and learn how to live with the virus in your day to day. Being a carrier of HIV today is not synonymous with death. The new drugs have managed to slow down the disease and turn it into a chronic infection .

A person with HIV can hug, share a mate, a pool, cutlery. You have the right to enjoy your sexuality, to have a partner and children. But, in order to have all this, it is important that the diagnosis arrives on time and that the treatment is perform responsibly on the part of the patient. Let him learn to live in positive.

Therefore, it does not matter if you always take care of yourself with a condom, if you have a stable partner , if you think there is no room for “doubts”. Take the test costs nothing. It's the best way to take care of yourself and take care of those you want.

Publication Date: 01/12/2019

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