HIV/AIDS DOES NOT EQUAL SUFFERING, DISHONOR, OR DEATH. It is a treatable illness. As proven by our friends' testimonies, people with HIV/AIDS are still able to work, provide and care for their family, get married, have healthy children, pursue their goals, and have a long and fulfilling life. HIV/AIDS is not the end.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO GET TESTED FOR HIV. By knowing our status we could get immediate treatment and prevent passing the HIV virus to our loved ones. Many clinics and hospitals in Tanah Papua offer free HIV test with immediate results.
THE HIV VIRUS IS NOT TRANSMITTED BY
- Air or water
- Insects, including mosquitoes or ticks
- Saliva, tears, or sweat
- Casual contact, like shaking hands, or hugging.
- Sharing eating utensils or clothes
- Drinking fountains
- Toilet seats
THE HIV VIRUS IS ONLY TRANSMITTED FROM BLOOD & BODY FLUIDS
- Having unprotected sexual intercourse with a partner with HIV
- Contacts with HIV infected blood in transfusions and needle sharing
- As a baby of an HIV-infected mother, during pregnancy, labour or delivery, or through breastfeeding.
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM CONTRACTING HIV. Use a condom during sexual intercourse and refrain from sharing a needle.
PREVENT TRANSMITTING THE HIV VIRUS. Disclose your status immediately to intimate partners and spouse once diagnosed with HIV and take preventive measures to stop further transmission. A pregnant woman with HIV can prevent passing the HIV virus to her unborn child by following PCMTCT of Prevention Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV available at pre-natal care clinic.
ARV OR ANTIRETROVIRAL IS THE ONLY MEDICINE PROVEN TO TREAT HIV/AIDS. It is available for free at many nearby clinics and hospitals. ARV suppresses the HIV virus and maintains the body’s immune system. Remember that by taking ARV regularly someone who is HIV positive can still live a normal and healthy life.
STAYING HEALTHY WHILE LIVING WITH HIV REQUIRES EFFORT. To ensure a healthy life it’s best to seek assistance and motivation from the nearest support group, counselor, and family members and close friends that you trust. Also, follow your doctor’s advice, get routine medical checkups, get plenty of rest, exercise, eat nutritious food, reduce smoking and alcohol consumption, and most importantly take ARV regularly and on time.