As we commemorate World Aids Day 2022, it is important to remember that there are still millions of new infections every year. According to the UNAIDS Global HIV & AIDS statistics, 1.1 million to 2 million people were infected with the virus in 2021. While these are just numbers to most people, a HIV+ diagnosis is a life-changing event, to say the least, for you who is infected. The first thing on your mind when you get the news is probably the knowledge that a cure has not yet been developed – it’s normal to feel sad, hopeless, or angry at this point.
One thing to note is that being declared HIV positive is not a death sentence or a condemnation to live a miserable life. With the right attitude and lifestyle adjustment, you can remain well – doctors will tell you so, and you should believe them!
Why is World Aids Day Important?
In practice, saying you will make adjustments and actually doing so are two different things. That is why an occasion like World Aids Day is vital since it is a chance for people worldwide to unite in support of all those who have HIV. Since the disease has been around for decades, one of the challenges you might face is overwhelming information and advice on what you can do, avoid, or the changes to expect. Just like we help people move into new homes, The Centric Moving has chosen to discuss five simple tips to help you cope with the new you as our World Aids Day message 2022.
- Do Not Isolate Yourself
After any traumatic experience, surrounding yourself with people who love and support you is the best way to continue life as you know it. Although much has been done to combat the stigma associated with HIV and Aids, you may still feel apprehensive about revealing your status to people. However, if there is a will, there is always a way.
- Know Your Options
Support comes in different forms, including emotional encouragement from loved ones and the medical information you get from various practitioners. Your support structure can include a therapist, a support group, and a doctor to be well-grounded.
- Choice of a Doctor
The real value of a doctor is how knowledgeable they are about HIV. The best way to find one is through recommendations by someone who is HIV+ or someone working in the health sector. Another important consideration when choosing doctors is how comfortable you feel when relating with them.
- Know It Is Not the End
Whether it’s the diagnosis or the things you learn about living HIV-positive that shocks you, at the back of your mind, you must remember that it’s not the end of life. The right mindset is critical for you to stay on course with the adjustments you make to your life.
- Take a Deep Breath
The rigors of your new routines can sometimes be overwhelming, especially if you are on antiretroviral therapy. The best strategy is to relax and remind yourself that you are not the only one taking these steps. Several people have the same diagnosis as you, but with medication, they have continued to live full lives for decades.
Do not let the stress of HIV prevent you from living your life to the fullest. After all, everyone is either infected or affected. At The Centric Moving, it’s all about that is why we share this encouraging message on World Aids Day.