Medications save lives!

July 15, 2009

So you have HIV.  Or someone you know has it.

Its hard.  And scary.

A lot of people just lose hope.  They have heard that “AIDS is incurable.”

Well here is the truth of the matter: we still don’t have a ‘gold-standard’ cure for HIV.  That means we don’t have a course of medication – like we do for malaria and TB – which you take for a certain period of time and then you can stop it because the virus has been completely defeated.

But what we do have is real medicines that really help.  They are called Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART)  Medications and are available free of cost from the Government ART centres in Maharasthra (and a number of other states too).  These medications need to be taken life-long, every day and without missing doses.

But the benefits are huge.  We have over 100 friends who are HIV positive and are taking ART.   Taking ART helps rebuild immune-systems that HIV has damaged.  As the immune system recovers, people get ill less often.  They are able to work and continue with other parts of their lives.

We are so grateful to God that our government is providing these medications.  It has made such a difference for so many.

If you have HIV, don’t try and ignore it.  Find out what your health status is now.  See what your CD4 level is.  You may need to start on ART in order for you to live longer and better – even if you don’t have other illnesses at this point.   If you have a friend or loved one with HIV, make sure that they get examined and started on appropriate treatment if they need it.

The only time HIV is completely incurable is after a person has died.  Find out about the medications – and start using them at the right time!

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If you have any questions about ART, please contact us.  All inquiries will be treated confidentialy of course!

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Its never too late to start!

July 7, 2009

hands with plantOne of the scary things about HIV is that it seems like the end.

“What kind of a life will I have if I find out I have this disease?”

“What will happen to me?”

“How will others react to me?  How will they treat me if they find out I have HIV?”

“What hope do I have if I have HIV – it’s incurable isn’t it?”

These are all real questions and they bring much fear with them.

The good news is that there is hope – and that it is never too late to start.  No matter what situation you may be in.  No matter how messed up my life may be.

It is possible to change.  It is possible to move out of whatever we are in now.  It is possible to live a life that is better than what I see around me today!

HIV/AIDS is a disease.  Its a virus that attacks our body.  Its not a curse from God.  Its not a direct punishment for anything.

At Jeevan Sahara Kendra, we have now come in contact with almost 1000 people who have HIV or were very likely to have the disease.   We have seen all kinds of people and notice one important fact:  those who try to find out the truth about themselves and their condition are the ones that survive.

On the other hand we have seen many people with HIV who try to hide, who don’t want to know about their condition, who avoid dealing with the realities of their lives.  Sadly many of  these friends with HIV are not with us anymore.  They have died because the disease worked its way to weaken their immune system – and they did not do anything about it.

The key is being willing to do something.  Willing to start the change.  No matter how bad the situation is – there is always hope!

A small example:  a couple we know found out that they had HIV.  The husband became very sick.  He was so sick that he slipped into a coma.  His wife was advised by the man’s brother to take him to the Christian Medical College Hospital in Vellore.  Many people told her it was a waste of time and money – that her husband would never survive.  She persisted and the doctors there treated her husband.  He came out of the coma.  Bother were started on ART medications.  Today both are alive and well – 7 years after this happened!   As sick as her husband was, he was not dead yet.  There was hope and his wife worked on that hope.  God answered prayers and instead of being a widow, this lady has a husband still with her!

Whatever the situation you are in.  Never, never, never, never give up!

Do contact us if there is anyway you would like to be helped – especially if you or someone you love has HIV/AIDS.