I believe that the mind is strong enough to repair your body and any illness it carries. As long as you have the will, it is possible to reverse any illness you have. Naturally, you need to ensure that your diet is correct and that you are exercising. It is for this reason that I have decided to stop using the Anti-Retroviral drugs prescribed to me and begin using Homeopathic medication.Eleven years ago, at the height of my recreational drug addiction, I contracted HIV. I was high on crack cocaine and invincible, and my sexual negligence had me issuing my own death sentence. I hi-tailed it straight into denial, where I stayed for several years.I was eventually forced to face my status as an HIV positive man while in rehab in Johannesburg. Feeling extremely guilty about having had sex with other men whilst knowing I was HIV positive, I reflected on how it was an unspoken topic when you were high, as it was the biggest downer. My anonymous sexual partners would assume I was HIV+ and I would assume they were too, which was the biggest danger as there was a chance they are HIV- even though they practiced unsafe sex, and could be infected.I started first phase HIV treatment in 2005, and remained on that for nine years. At the beginning of this year (2014), I fell extremely ill and was hospitalized for a week, during which specialists were convinced I had Hepatitis C. After numerous tests were done, they eventually ruled out Hepatitis C. So what was wrong with me? It turned out that my CD4 count had dropped so my immune system was weak. I had to go onto phase 2 HIV treatment, which involves a much stricter regimen of taking medication, along with greater side effects. I made a decision last year to stop using recreational drugs in total. I had "outgrown" them, and was no longer finding enjoyment out of them. Using recreational drugs was causing me more problems than the few hours of euphoria I was gaining whilst using them. As a result my life slowly started changing course. I started looking after myself and looking at what I was doing to my body. The prescribed drugs to treat the HIV that I was taking were now a concern to me.I have never "lived" my illness. I have carried on life as normal, with the exception of my sex life – there I made big changes, and was safe. While completing an RSCI Life Coaching course in Johannesburg, my thinking was reinforced.Careful charting and a number of diagnostic tools have been used by my Homeopath in setting up my treatment regimen. In the ten days that I have been off my prescribed HIV drugs and the three days that I have been on my Homeopathic detox I have felt absolutely amazing and completely energized. I realize the importance of being in the correct headspace for this to work, and anticipate that being the hardest part of my treatment to maintain as I challenge modern medicine and find a healthier way to treat my HIV.This new journey of mine has just started, and I look forward to sharing it with you so that you can follow my progress. Check back in a month’s time to see how I’m doing.I am not nervous or apprehensive about this decision. I believe in myself and the power of the human mind.Follow me on Twitter @secretsmakeusic or join my Facebook Page, Secrets Make You Sick.Special thanks to Atri Wilson of Food For Thought in Hillcrest, visit her website at www.foodft.co.zaNews24 Voices Terms & Conditions.