Dec.1st was World AIDS Day and we’ve come so far since the disease first appeared in the 1980’s. Through drugs like Truvada, people can keep from acquiring HIV as well as transmitting it.
According to the National Institute of Health “The greatest scientific accomplishment in HIV research has been the development of effective treatments that suppress the virus and prolong the lives of those living with HIV. Over time, scientists have refined and optimized antiretroviral therapy, delivering safer, more effective drugs that are easier to take. Today, a person living with HIV on antiretroviral therapy can expect to live a nearly normal lifespan.”
“Antiretroviral therapy has been transformational” they report. “Large studies conducted in diverse settings, from U.S. cities to African villages, have demonstrated the power of treatment to preserve the health of those living with HIV. Additionally, studies have proven that when a person living with HIV is on antiretroviral therapy and the virus is durably suppressed, the risk that he or she will sexually transmit the virus is negligible.”
To promote the day and encourage people to get tested, Rihanna and Prince Harry got tested in Barbados. Love it. Love them. “It’s better that everyone goes and gets tested,” said the Prince. “Why wouldn’t you? Whether you’re a man, woman, gay, straight, black, white, whatever, even ginger, why wouldn’t you come and have a test?”