Ignorance on HIV still a big problem
Posted Saturday, October 26 2013 at 01:00
I write in regards to an article in your newspaper in which a woman allegedly living with HIV confessed to having had unprotected sex with more than 80 men. It is quite absurd that society still attaches a death sentence to HIV/Aids as well as punishment. It is clear in the article that she is having sex with men for financial reasons, in most cases being referred to as prostitution and she further narrates that it is not her responsibility that the men do not protect themselves. This shows how little people know about HIV/Aids.
On top of undermining the fact that she could possibly pick many more deadly infections from the men she is having unprotected sex with, she is also ignoring the fact that many things can come up from exposing herself through unprotected sex with strangers, the unwanted pregnancies, the STI’s, the re-infections among others. People should know that being ignorant about the status of the their sexual partner(s) does not just put your sexual partner at risk but yourself as well because as you plan to serve what you have, you never know what you are serving yourself.
The HIV virus can be helped to replicate in the body at a high rate with such behaviour, this weakens the fight against HIV. A healthy HIV positive person would guard his/her body jealously from other infections that can be picked majorly through unprotected sex as the HIV treatment helps your body stay healthy.
This woman is not only compromising the HIV treatment she is getting, as she may pick more HIV infections from those men and absorb mixed infections in her body. This may make her current treatment fail as it was assessed for the status of her antibodies then, but she is introducing new HIV trends in her body that exist in another HIV positive person’s body.
With or without the HIV virus, the lack of knowledge about the status of the person you are having unprotected sex with is your responsibility and you should think deeper about the consequences. You should help your body fight the virus by focusing the struggle on what it is fighting otherwise in the long-run you find yourself battling with so many other infections that can come with reckless sexual behaviour.
Bottom line is the doctor’s advice. You have HIV in your body, stick to safe sex or abstinence and focus on making your health better as you religiously take your drugs. Life is too precious to be undermined and given a price tag. There are always better ways of surviving than commercial sex.