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Count out your pills for how long you will be away and transfer them to appropriate containers. It is wise to take a two-day backup supply of your HIV drugs with you in case of any travel delays.
At home you may use a subdivided multi-day plastic pillbox to hold all your drugs, but for travel it is often more convenient to carry your pills in something smaller, such as sturdy plastic bags that can be resealed, or a pocket-sized plastic tackle box.
However, if you are traveling internationally or anywhere by plane, you should carry your medications in their original bottles clearly marked with the prescribing information so that security or customs will not give you too much trouble. Pack your pills in a carry-on bag — and nowhere else. There is no guarantee that your flight will depart on time or arrive on time or that checked baggage will be waiting for you at your destination. If you carry your pills on board, you can take any doses you need while on the plane and you will be prepared to take additional doses later if there is any travel delay.
The airline may not be able to keep to its flight schedule, but you will be able to keep to your dosing schedule — and that is the important thing. Not all airlines offer food on flights these days, and even if they do, there is no way of knowing when you will get fed on an airplane, or whether the food will be anything you want to eat. It is best to carry food with you if you need to eat when you take your medicine. The same is true for water.
If you are driving or taking a bus or train, you should bring your own. However, with some of the latest airport restrictions you may have to ask for water rather than take it on board with you. It may be possible to bring an empty water bottle through security and either fill it before you board or have a flight attendant fill it once you are on the plane. Most of the time, the flight attendants will help you out by bringing water right away if you mention that you need to take medicine.
Asking for water as soon as you board the plane is a good plan. If you have ever flown across the country, you may have noticed how long it can take a group of flight attendants to get down the aisles of an airplane with a beverage for each passenger. You may find yourself with a very dry mouth and unable to swallow even a single pill, so it is important to ask for water in advance!
If you are flying, it is good to drink plenty of fluids anyway; the recycled air on airplanes is very dry and several hours of flying can be dehydrating. To varying degrees, dehydration having too little water in your body affects all passengers on long flights, and people living with HIV need to be especially careful that they do not allow themselves to get dehydrated. So, take every opportunity to get a beverage and make a point of drinking throughout the flight, not simply when you feel thirsty.
If that's the case, wait until your friend feels ready to talk — don't ask. Instead, take opportunities to speak in a positive, supportive way about people in the media or movies living with HIV so your friend knows you won't judge him or her.
But, unfortunately, there's still a lot of false information out there about HIV. It's understandable if your friend feels self-conscious and doesn't want other friends or classmates to find out. If your friend doesn't want other people to know, your support and caring will be more important than ever. Pretending there are no problems doesn't make things better, and avoiding the topic may lead your friend to think you're ashamed too.
It might help to ask, "Do you feel like talking about it? It's natural for teens living with HIV and the people who care about them to feel sadness, anger, and a range of other emotions. If things seem to be too much for your friend to handle, a therapist, counselor, or other mental health professional may be able to help.
Support groups and ministries can also be great support resources. Therapy and Counseling Finding the right support can help protect teens living with HIV from getting stressed out, becoming depressed, worrying, or using drugs or alcohol to feel better. It can be hard to bring up the subject of therapy or counseling. You could try saying, "I've noticed you seem really sad [or angry, or whatever emotion you've noticed] recently and I'm worried about you. I know you have a lot to deal with.
Have you thought about talking to a counselor? Who do you trust to talk to about this? By opening up with your own personal information, it can help your friend feel less intimidated by the idea of getting support. It's most helpful if you can be specific by providing a name and number of a counselor or group. Or, suggest your friend ask a doctor or nurse practitioner.
Follow up to see if your friend needs help getting to an appointment. Just be careful not to reveal the name of the person you are getting the information for, especially when you ask friends or family members for recommendations. Stand Up for Your Friend If classmates or other people know your friend has HIV, they may be wary and might not want to participate in activities together.
Your friend may even get teased or bullied — which is one reason why people living with HIV often don't want to tell others. The best way to do it is not to get mad or hostile toward bullies, no matter how mean they may seem. Understand and reassure your friend that these people are probably just ignorant about HIV. They may even believe some of the myths and lies about the virus. I thought I was going to die.
How schools are getting it wrong on HIV and Aids
I had not followed HIV closely - I remembered when there was no cure, and I knew that there was medicine now, but I didn't really know how effective it was. And I knew that I was really, really sick.
When I went for further testing I found out that I had Aids. That means that your immune system is damaged to the point that you are very vulnerable to illness. Your body just won't fight back because the virus has damaged the cells which fight off infection. I had health insurance because I was self-employed; I had just changed policies about two months before I got the diagnosis.
Except two months later I found out that I did. Almost immediately after getting the results I went to counselling. I really needed some help to process things. I was terribly depressed, I was very fearful and I was homicidally angry.
I decided to talk again to the woman I'd met at the jazz bar. We cried together, and we got angry together.Cardi B Supercut (PART 1): Best Moments from Love & Hip Hop New York (Season 6) - VH1
When she had got her diagnosis she'd immediately called Philippe to let him know. Why don't you just go and live your life and leave me alone?
We suspected that Philippe had given it to both of us and we thought there had to be something that could be done about it. We did some research and within weeks of my diagnosis we decided to file a police report. We wanted the police to stop him. We wanted them to find out if he actually did carry the virus and we wanted to find out if there was something that we could do to keep him from hurting other women. The police were very sympathetic and understanding but said that because there were only two of us we weren't going to be able to prove it.
But if four or five women came forward, they said, then they might be able to get the district attorney to take a look. Image copyright Diane Reeve We went back through the cellphone records. The first person I called was the woman who lived in Philippe's neighbourhood that I'd met earlier. She got tested and was also diagnosed with HIV.
She helped us by watching the house and writing down licence plate numbers of cars that were in Philippe's driveway overnight. We were kept pretty busy because he was with a different woman every night, it was incredible.
I had a friend that could run the licence tags and get a name and address, and once we had that we would go and visit them. Altogether, we found 13 women who were diagnosed with HIV. I was devastated that this had been going on for so long. I'd been seeing Philippe sincebut some of the women I talked to pre-dated me and with a different car in the driveway every night countless women had been exposed.
As the case progressed, the police department and the DA started to get involved. To try to prove that Philippe knew that he had been diagnosed the police set up what is called a pretext phone call.
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I sat at the police station and called him to try to get him to admit that he knew that he was living with HIV. It didn't go very well. I said, "Hey, I heard that you weren't feeling well and I was just calling to check on you," and he hung up on me. There was a lady at the health department who was helping us track down the women.
I'd asked her, "Have you ever seen this guy? Then I remembered that Philippe sometimes used an alias, the name Phil White, and she remembered that. The timeframe that she'd seen him was around the same time that I remembered sending him to the doctor because he felt like he had kidney stones. I thought, "I wonder if that's when he got that diagnosis? He had gone to the doctor and had some tests done. I had paid for that medical treatment so I pulled those cheques and took them to the district attorney - that was the first time I ever saw her smile.
The cheques gave her "probable cause" to subpoena the medical records - which she did. Without that it would have been very difficult if not impossible to obtain them, due to privacy laws - and that's how we proved that he'd been diagnosed with HIV.
Of the 13 women we found who were diagnosed with HIV only five agreed to testify in court, because of the stigma associated with the virus.