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Stay safe because it is not fun for me and my kids swallowing these pills- HIV woman recounts ordeal

Since its emergence, HIV/AIDS has proved to be one of the dangerous diseases in the world and till date, there's no recognized cure for it. HIV is believed to have originated from a Chimpanzee in West Africa after its blood came into contact with some humans. It has gone on to spread all over the world and as at 2020, it was ascertained that over 79.3million people have been infected with the disease since it began with 36.3million dying as a result.

The threatening effects of HIV/AIDS including chronic weakness and fever, pneumonia, abdominal pains, depression and headache, drastically shortens the lifespan of victims if left untreated. Thanks to the Antiretroviral drugs that has been around for sometime to help HIV patients live longer. The drug is such that, it keeps the virus actions under control to mitigate the effect of the disease on the victim's body. However taking these drugs is not easy and one of the patients who is also an HIV/AIDS activist shared her dilemma taking the drugs.

Barbara Kemigisa is an HIV patient as well as her four children and she termed the routine of taking pills to put the disease under control a burden. According to her, they take these pills everyday and Kourtney, who is the youngest among her children(9years) takes 11 tablets a day. Trevor(17 years) and Dauglas(22 years) take 20 tablets and 3 tablets respectively. Barbara Kemigisa also takes 3 tablets and she urged everyone to stay safe after recounting this ordeal. Have a look at the post.

The difference between HIV and AIDS is that, HIV is the virus that attacks the body, but after infection when the virus succeeds in damaging the body's immune system, the condition is called AIDS. Sexual intercourse remains the most common mode of transmission of HIV/AIDS, therefore avoiding sexual intimacy with an infected person is the best way to prevent contraction. Nonetheless appropriate use of condoms during intercourse with an infected person can also reduce one's chances of contracting the disease. Meanwhile sharing same needle and blood transfusion are other modes of contraction.

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