How to stay HIV negative
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is one that affects the immune system.
Nigeria has the second highest burden of this in the world.
It is not enough to know that your status is negative, but you need to stay negative.
These are some steps on how to achieve that:
- Repeat the test after six months of a suspected exposure, to give room for the window period. The window period is when the body is able to recognise and mount up its own immunity against the virus because of how the virus operates.
- If your test result stays negative, then you need to stick with the following:
- Be faithful to your partner,
- CONSISTENT AND CORRECT USE OF CONDOMS.
- If there are people living with HIV near you, encourage them to use their medications. The more adherent they are, the more the virus is suppressed and the less the risk of transmission.
- Ensure proper blood screening before transmission.
- Avoid sharing needles.
- Proper sterilisation of hospital equipment.
Meanwhile, let me add here that presently, anyone who tests positive to HIV must be started on medications to ensure suppression of the virus.
If you haven’t been placed on it since you tested positive, you should visit your nearest HIV facility.
The burden of this virus is high in our environment, so it is is important to stay negative if you have tested negative.
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