Q And A Forum: 20 AIDS Do's Is And Was!



1. HIV is not a death sentence 
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2. Taking ARVs daily provides protection from further damage of the immunity by the virus
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3. ARVs suppress HIV virus
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4. Suppressing the virus for a long time makes it disappear



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5. A disappeared HIV virus is undetectable in the laboratory 



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6. An undetectable HIV virus cannot be transmitted 
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7. Taking ARVs doesn't protect against other STIs 
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8. Other STIs are syphilis, gonorrhea, hepatitis, chlamydia, warts...
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9. Not taking ARVs regularly leads to drug resistant HIV
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10. Drug resistant HIV strains are now common in the world 
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11. One of the reasons HIV is on the rise is because of drug resistant HIV
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12. Not disclosing HIV status to a partner is recipe for HIV transmission among couples if one is positive
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13. Patriarchy, aggressive  power roles exhibited by some are barriers to negotiated safer sex agreements
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14. Intimate partner violence, battery, physical assault can lead to HIV transmission or retransmission among couples if one or both are positive
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15. Stigma against people living with HIV leads to low self esteem and causes irregular ARV taking leading to no viral suppression 
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16. Discrimination leads to deliberate isolation of those we deem undesirable in society hence they cannot engage in social activities including attending regular clinic check ups 



17. Anti-homosexuality laws are barriers to engaging in social activities by allies to homosexuals and those who are not heterosexuals
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18. Criminalization of sex work leads to stigma and discrimination 
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19. Stigma and discrimination lead to non optimization of ARV adherence 
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20. Non optimization of ARV adherence means: people cannot know status; cannot test for HIV; cannot take ARVs regularly to suppress the virus

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