Humanity’s search to end the suffering of millions of people with HIV is possibly one of the most inspiring stories of this century. There was a time when being diagnosed with HIV meant the end of your life as you knew it, being sick all the time, repeated hospital admissions and an early death.
What we see now is nothing short of amazing. While we are still searching for a cure, antiretroviral (ARV) medication is able to keep the disease at bay and, with proper self care, people with HIV are now able to live full and healthy lives, living as long as people without HIV . The implications of this are enormous for South Africa, which has the largest number of people living with HIV in the world, with just under 1 in 5 people infected.
The first step to staying healthy is getting tested at your local pharmacy or doctor as the World Health Organization now recommends that ARV treatment is started in all adults living with HIV at any CD4 cell count. . It is also important to take care of your physical and mental health. Eat a balanced diet without too much fat, salt and sugar.