HIV- Human Immune deficiency Virus
AIDS- Acquired Immune deficiency Syndrome
Antibodies- Cells produced by the body to fight infection.
CD4- Fighter cells/ immune cells
Antiretrovirals- Medication to slow the progress of the HI virus
STI- Sexually Transmitted Infection
Kaposi Sarcoma- Aids related cancer
Lesions- Injury to the living tissue of the body, usually as a result of disease or injury
ADC- Aids dementia complex
Adherence- Taking medication exactly as prescribed
Viral evolution- The change in the make-up of the virus. Influences ART
ART- Antiretroviral therapy
VCT- Voluntary counseling and testing
National AIDS Helpline: 0800 012 322
HIV Health Workers Hotline: 0800 212 506
AIDS Consortium: 011-403 0265
AIDS Law Project ALP: 011- 717 8600
National Association of people living with AIDS(NAPWA): 011-872 0975
Treatment Action Campaign (TAC):
Cape Town: 021-364-5489
Eastern Cape: 043-760-0050
Displaying symptoms of HIV infection is the body's way of trying to tell you something is wrong with it. Knowing your body will enable you to notice these symptoms immediately. As with any other infection, HIV will cause your body to react with a set of symptoms. These symptoms are however very similar to a number of illnesses and the only sure way to know your HIV status is to have an HIV test done.
Individuals can do HIV testing is done through out South Africa, it is a voluntary test administered by professionals and includes both pre and post test counseling aimed at modifying behaviours in order to prevent the spread of the disease.
Testing positive for HIV is not a death sentence. It means altering certain
behaviours including your diet and smoking habits which will enable you
to keep your health, and allow you to participate in all the activities
you were already involved in.
At present there is no cure for HIV/Aids but ongoing research has proved
promising and has delivered means of treating HIV which allows for a healthy
life filled with goals and achievements in the same way as anyone else. Read more about HIV treatment.
The South African government and the Department of Health have the same goal in mind. Combat HIV. To this end treatment and medication have been made available to all who need it. Communities and individuals across the country are committing themselves to the war on HIV through initiatives like TAC and adherence clubs. Gladly the mindset that HIV is a death sentence is beginning to fade and the fighting spirit is as strong as ever.