Options If You Are HIV Positive
You may already know you are HIV positive or have developed AIDS. What can you do to prolong your life and
help you live it to the fullest? Much depends on you and your personal attitude. Scientists and
researchers are still working on drugs that will stem the progress of the disease and help you be more comfortable
during your fight. There is no known cure for AIDS.
If you have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS, you should tell those people you come into intimate contact
with. They will need to know for their safety, and you will need the support and love of your family during
the progression of your disease. Safety should be your top concern. The only way to protect others from
being infected with HIV is to not expose them to blood, semen, or vaginal fluids. If abstinence is not a
choice, follow the rules for safe sex. Use a condom every time you have vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
Don’t share sexual devices with another person and do not have unprotected sex with another HIV positive
patient. There is always the danger of passing on a drug-resistant form of the virus.
If you are sexually active, tell your partner you are HIV positive. It is important to tell anyone you are
sexually active with that you have tested positive for HIV. Tell those you previously have had sex with so
they may be tested and receive any medical care that is necessary. They need to know so they don’t
unknowingly infect others with the virus.
If your partner is pregnant, it is urgent she be told so steps can be taken to protect her and her unborn
child. This is important even if you are not the father. She will need to have treatment and special
care is needed when the baby is delivered. Tell others that may need to know. You are the only one who
can decide if you should tell casual friends and family. You do need to tell your healthcare providers.
This not only protects them, but also insures you will receive the proper and best possible medical care. If
you work in a job that you could experience an injury, your co-workers should always take precautions if they need
to treat you.
Did You Know?
The AIDS epidemic is a horrible disease but it has given us a silver lining. Scientists and
researchers have a new awareness of how important the immune system is to our body. The public
knows about the immune system and cares about the health of lymph nodes, vessels, and the rest of
the system. Because there is a new awareness of the importance of the immune system, more research
has been done on how to build it up so it can fight the advances of AIDS. People are aware of the
danger of infectious diseases and are taking steps to stay healthier. They are eating healthier
diets, exercising, and taking better care of their bodies.
The medical community has focused on researching vaccines and cures but has failed to explore
the possibilities of bolstering the immune system. The best defense we have against infection is
our body. The tragedy of that fact is that most drugs have serious side effects and only prolong
life for a few more months. Strengthening the body’s immune system is our best defense against
One way to do that is to use homeopathy medicine. There is not one treatment or drug that will
help every HIV infected person, but homeopathy is helping people with various stages of the
disease. This is a different way of looking at the disease. Instead of fighting the pathogens that
cause the disease through conventional drug treatment, doctors are looking at alternative and
complimentary ways of treating patients with HIV or AIDS.
Doctors in the Netherlands are supporting the use of homeopathic medicine in treating AIDS
patients. Natural therapies, and alternative methods of treatment cannot only prolong the life of
the AIDS patient, it can improve the overall quality of life they have. They do not provide a
Do not share needles or syringes with other users if you use intravenous drugs. Sharing needles and
syringes is one cause of the rapid spread of the disease in the United States. You should also not share
razor blades, or tooth brushes. There is a possibility they are contaminated with blood and the HIV virus can
Take your name off the donor list. You should not donate organs, blood, or plasma. You could infect a
great number of people if you knowingly donate blood when you are HIV positive or have AIDS.
If you are pregnant, get medical help as soon as possible. If your partner tells you they have tested
positive for HIV, it is essential your doctor be told about this complication. You can pass HIV on to your
child. If you receive treatment while you are pregnant you can cut your baby’s risk by two-thirds.