What you need to know:

  • `HIV is considered a chronic but manageable disease with proper treatment.
    `Children who receive treatment are expected to live a normal lifespan.

  • `HIV has never been transmitted in normal family living conditions.

  • `You NEVER have to fear contracting HIV through casual contact with an HIV+ person.

  • `HIV is spread in three main ways: sexual contact, IV drug use through the sharing of dirty needles, mother to infant (pregnancy, birth or breast feeding.)

  • `All around the world orphans are overlooked for adoption because of their HIV+ status.

  • `Medications called ARVs can mean the difference between life and death.

  • `The combination of three or more ARVs is called HAART. (Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy)

  • `With medications HIV can be effectively managed to the point that the virus is undetectable in laboratory tests.

  • `There is a term for the miraculous transformation HIV+ people undergo when they begin receiving the medications they need.   The Lazarus Effect is a term commonly used to describe people who were once on the brink of death who have been restored again to health through medication.

For more information on World AIDS Day:  http://www.worldaidsday.org/

For more information on HIV+ Adoption: http://www.projecthopeful.org/

For photo listings of HIV+ Orphans:  http://reecesrainbow.org/category/waitingchildren/hiv-0-5
11/30/2012 11:52:59 pm

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