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Do you know someone who has HIV? Do you think that person should be avoided?

Few months ago, I was an intern in a hospital and during my stay there I met different people with HIV. Most of them were oblivious of their status and when I tell them they usually break down in tears. I'll then give them assurance that being HIV positive isn't the end of the world.

Working there made me realize that people who are HIV positive aren't aliens that should be avoided or ostracized, they are normal people that have families, goals and shortcomings like any other person. Some of them got it through accidental cuts or transmission from parent to child. We all make mistakes and it can happen to anybody.

People who are HIV positive shouldn't be avoided, rather they should be treated with care and love because most of them result to suicide as a means to end the stigma from society.

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I knew a person with HIV a long time ago. For fear of being avoided or rejected, he decided not to tell anyone. Neither his family nor his friends knew he was HIV-positive. Apparently he always took care of himself when he had sex, but once, the worst thing happened: a girl was infected. She found out because she became pregnant and tested positive for the virus. The girl wanted to die. Because of that we all found out and obviously we feel bad for the girl and very angry with our friend because he didn't trust us. I think that the fact that he didn't say it because we felt the rejection of society, endangered other people's lives. This is what some people's prejudices bring, the fact that they hide their condition and even attempt against their life. I believe that society, first and foremost, must be clear that HIV is not a disease that is transmitted by simple contact and that a person with this virus can lead a normal life, as long as they maintain their treatment and protect themselves. This friend died two years ago, but the girl is alive and the boy is a beautiful boy. 


No, I don't. 

I mean, I someone I know could have HIV without me knowing it. 

No, there is no reason to avoid that person. HIV isn't contagious except through unprotected sex, from mother to fetus, or blood transfusions. 

About three weeks or so after transmission, many but not all get initial symptoms caused by their immune systems fighting off the virus. The immune system is normally capable of suppressing the virus very well in the initial stages of the infection, which is why the viral load that spikes in the beginning normally remains low after the initial stage. In the beginning when the viral load has built up to a high level, the disease is relatively contagious (not in normal everyday situations except for unprotected sex). That is probably a major reason why such a large proportion the populations in Southern and Eastern Africa have HIV. It is fairly common for people in urban areas in Southern and Eastern African countries to have concurrent multiple sex partners. A person who gets HIV is unlikely to know it until the onset of the initial symptoms if they even occur. During the initial period of high viral load they may infect sex partners other than the partner who infected them. There prevalence of HIV is very high in that part of the world. In most parts of the world, HIV never became an epidemic outside of intravenous drug users and male homosexuals.

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Personally, in my family and friends circle, I don't know anyone has HIV. How far I know the human immunodeficiency virus or the plant that reduces the ability to prevent immune system, is briefly called HIV. It means that there is less power to prevent bacterial infections in the body. HIV can disrupt the body's immune system and in turn, some infectious diseases can easily enter the body. It's not like HIV means AIDS. Because of the poor physical resistance by HIV, a person may not have the ability to prevent the disease, it may take a long time to reach the condition. At this time a person who has HIV, can also lead a healthy life for many years before it's becoming an AIDS.

Of course, the person shouldn't be avoided. You may ask, can HIV be treated? Yes. HIV medicines that are used to treat anti-HIV therapy or antibodies attack. HIV organisms that may not be reconstructed in the body cells, they work in medicines, but these medicines can not completely destroy the biogenetic HIV virus. Treatment against anti-HIV therapy or anti-HIV vaccine is generally given to use three or more medications together. It is called Combined treatment/combination Therapy or Highly Acute Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) / Highly Effective Seed Treatment. HIV treatment started this way in 1996 and since then it has been found that this treatment is very beneficial to keep HIV positive.

This treatment is helping many people, but its reactions on the body get failed and sometimes these reactions get very complicated. As a result, this treatment becomes difficult and not possible to take medication. They have to take a very good way of treating. Treatment is not effective if the pill cannot be eaten. In addition, as long as these medicines are eaten, their effectiveness decreases. When the drug does not work against HIV, it does not have any effect on this treatment. When a combined treatment/combination therapy does not work, then there is another kind of combined medication/combustion drug to eat. The more failure of this treatment, the more it is possible to find the combined treatment/combinations therapy that works.


I used to know someone that has HIV/AIDS and the stigmatization that came with it was the reason why he didn't live long he was rejected jobs they could not afford to feed himself what happened was that people are misinformed about this virus they feel that by just giving someone employment they contacted this virus already but this is definitely not true people who are suffering from HIV does not choose to be infected they are only infected as a result of either blood transfusion, unprotected sex and a whole lot of other things but definitely being friends with someone who has HIV/AIDS does not necessarily mean you will catch the virus so there's no need to stay away from them.

The only way you can catch the virus is by using the same toothbrush or using the same cutleries or being exposed to their blood or wound, but simply offering them a job hugging them talking to them and being friends with them can never make people infected they're still normal people who are suffering from circumstances so we must help to eradicate the virus by making sure we are part of the awareness doing this means fostering a relationship with people that has it and treating them as if nothing has happened to them so no need to stay away from them because I have given you the things you can do that cannot make you infected so follow these procedures.

Lastly, do not avoid people with the virus I repeat do not avoid people with the virus that your fellow human beings and avoiding them with make you a person that stigmatize


You are better off "avoiding" someone with a cold/cough  , just don't plan to get sexually involved with them , is all !!


No i don't know of any one with Hiv but it is possible someone in my circle of friends or relatives has it. If i were to find out though it would not change how i interact with them.With the knowledge i have gained from the transmission of the hiv virus i can protect myself by not exposing myself to the risk factors which are :

1 .Engaging in unprotected sexual intercourse

2 .Sharing needles or any kind of sharps.

3 .Making sure during blood transfusion that the blood is screened

You can not get Hiv from embracing people with hiv,or eating from the same plate,sleeping on the same bed


I'm in the medical profession and I can say straight up that these people shouldn't be avoided when they are the ones that need our help the most. HIV can be transmitted in 4 routes. 

1. Breastfeeding from infected mother to child. 

2. Exchange of body fluids (specifically secretions from the genitalia)

3. Contact with blood products directly introduce to the system. (Blood Transfusion)

4. Use of drug paraphernalia or instruments without proper sterilization after they were used by an infected HIV person. 

You won't get infected from talking to them. 


Yeah. I know persons with HIV.

Yeah. Please these kind of persons should be seriously avoided with regards to sexual contact.

No. These kind of individuals should not be avoided, abandoned and ignored with regards to the normal social interaction and norms.

I really hope you understand.



I don't see any reason to avoid such person.

Maybe, if it's a deal breaker for you, don't get sexually involved with such person.

But, other than that, sharing needles, and blood transfusion, 

there's no risk of contracting HIV from normal day to day interactions.


I don't think we could tell who has AIDS if not there won't be any AIDS. 

AIDS - it is really scary as it can be, this illness is non transmittable unless there is any blood contact or may be caused by saliva in contact. Well, if we were to look at the general population, we won't even know who has AIDS or who hasn't. Technological advances in Medicine has made this virus controllable. 

The only time, we can really tell if someone has AIDS is unless we recognize certain symptoms. Usually, people who have AIDS have this habit of having many partners in intimate relationship or even when a pitiful monogamous spouse gets the virus due to the partner being a carrier of the virus. 

It takes a lot of time before it appears on the physical appearance of a person. When that happens, it's usually too late.

Anyways, since that nowadays, due to technological advances and the increase in lifespan for those who have this virus in their body, i guess, it is sad if we discriminate them from the general society. I believe every human has the right to do what humans do. Doctors and Nurses and any healthcare officers have to constantly deal with these patients and I don't think they have a choice but they do know is the precautions to make sure that they won't get infected. 

This case is similar to someone who has other illnesses. I believe that everyone has the right to live. Maybe one day, there will be a cure to combat AIDS. It will make whoever creates that magical drug a billionaire and a new industry built upon it. 


No, I don't know anyone personally (means not in contact with such a person but aware of their conditions because of one of my medicine practitioner friend) who is HIV (the virus which cause AIDS) positive.

First, we should understand:

What AIDS does to a human?

AIDS is a disease which destroys the immune system of the body. Our body is under-attack by harmful bacteria, viruses etc 24 hours a day, immune system keeps us safe from majority of them. In the absence of or with weak immune system, we become more vulnerable to diseases and infections. So, any minor harmful (minor harmful in the normal conditions, without being infected with HIV virus) bacteria/virus could cost us our lives.

How HIV virus transfer from one person to other?

HIV virus transfer/transmit from one person to other with body fluids like blood & semen (in case of a male) and blood, milk & vaginal fluid (in case of a female).


There is no harm in keeping social contact with HIV infected people. I am strongly in favor of it, we should support them as most of them got infected because of others' mistakes (like blood transfusion, hair cutting/shaving from a barber shop ... this has been the case in some of the countries ... etc). But, be careful and don't turn this social contact into sexual contact no matter what, otherwise this would be proven lethal for you.



in my opinion, it is very difficult to get to know someone who is infected with HIV if it is not done for medical examination. the reason I say this, because HIV is the initial stage before someone is going to the stage of AIDS. this stage of AIDS is the final stage of HIV. namely the condition of the body experiencing severity.

when someone is infected with HIV, then at the stage of HIV, a person does not show any symptoms. even for 5 years. but in the aids stage, chances are you can know him. someone who is easily infected with another disease. this happens because his immune system has been severely destroyed. and her weight dropped dramatically without any cause. and his body is limp. but this does not yet have certainty if it is not done by medical examination.

and I think if someone who has been infected with HIV is not to be avoided. I disagree if someone is infected with HIV should be avoided. but I have to approach it. provide entertainment to him, and give him the spirit of life. this is very important because someone infected with HIV will experience severe depression. I hope this can answer your question.