Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) is a condition caused by infection with the human immune deficiency virus commonly known as HIV.  For decades this has been the deadliest disease one could ever contract. Once you tested HIV positive, your connection with society was at stake. Stigmatization is a thing you had to battle with the rest of your remaining days. Isolation and discrimination from everyone around you would consume you quickly compared to the rate at which the infection itself could have taken to kill you. Some family members even went further to mark simple things like cups, plates, spoons and basins just to make sure that you don’t infect them.  You were considered a disgrace to the family simply because in the past not many people were knowledgeable to understand that there are so many ways of contracting the virus.

“When I was diagnosed with HIV in 2003, I felt like I was a walking infection. I was terrified about passing HIV on to someone that I love. I didn’t start treatment because taking a pill every day would remind me that I was infectious, every day. After I started treatment in 2012, when my health started to deteriorate, I learned from my doctor that because I was undetectable, I couldn’t transmit HIV. I couldn’t pass it on. I was elated. Bruce Richman, the founder of U=U, shared a more personal perspective of this experience (

Unprotected sexual intercourse with an infected person or sharing sharp objects like needles is considered high risk activities. Mother to child (before or during birth and the entire period of breast feeding) is another way of getting infected. This is no longer a problem to worry about in high income countries like the US because expectant mothers are given medication to prevent the fetus from getting infected and after child birth the mother is also allowed to breastfeed the infant for six months while still under medication. Direct blood contact from an infected person e.g. through blood transfusion or accidents is also a way through which one can get infected although in very rare circumstances. It is important to note that a mere handshake, hug, sharing a cup, plate, spoon or basin cannot get you infected.

According to World Health Organization, HIV/AIDS can be managed by taking ARVS for those already infected daily without any restrictions of CD4 counts. WHO further recommends offer of pre-exposure prophylaxis drugs to people at substantial risk of HIV infection as an additional prevention choice as part of comprehensive prevention especially among commercial sex workers. This has been highly accepted in most countries. Kenyans can now put a smile on their faces as a local researcher, Michael Ngugi, has discovered a new way to fight HIV/AIDS using Pumpkin Elgon Cream.

Ngugi says that taking ARV’S together with the pumpkin can help HIV/AIDS patients keep their viral count in check. This is the latest chain of indigenous varieties he has researched in Kenya and Tanzania in the last 36 years, a move which is being hailed as a major step in managing HIV/AIDS by hundreds of fellow researchers.  He is also inspired to help those in rural areas where ARVs and proper diet demands remains wanting.

Persons infected with HIV/AIDS needs to incorporate a healthy lifestyle by simply: practicing safe sex, get regularly tested for STDs, prevent infections and illnesses, taking prescriptions accordingly, avoid drug abuse and smoking, exercise the body and mind and manage their physical and emotional health.

As Africa’s leading Capacity Building and Management Consultancy Center, Indepth Research Services has organized a 5 days Course on ICT for HIV/AIDS Surveillance and Reporting. Click <<HERE>>for the registration of the Course to be held on 05th-09th March 2018 Nairobi Kenya and secure your chance to be enlightened on how to prevent HIV transmission and how to improve allocation of resources for treatment services and assist in evaluating the impact of public health interventions.

This course will provide training in new methods, techniques and best practices related to effective reporting data on AIDS cases, new infections, and behavior and characteristics of people at high risk to relevant authorities. Click <<HERE>> to visit our website. Click <<HERE>> to have a view of our sample clientele Click <<HERE >> to register for our upcoming course on Health.

By: Doris Karimi

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