People who test HIV positive may be unable to get full information about living with their condition, due to unavailability or inadequacy of local services, or the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. Even medical professionals sometimes misinform or neglect their HIV patients. In order to lead a full, healthy life, it is essential for people with HIV to understand what medication they must take and when, the importance of good nutrition and how to access further support.
Your donation will be used towards the cost of producing accurate information materials for people who have tested HIV positive. They are distributed by the Alliance’s partners, who work closely with groups of people who are living with HIV. The materials will help people to understand that they are not under a death sentence, and what they must do to live well despite their HIV status. For example, they can learn about treatment and the importance of adhering to it, the side effects they might experience, pain relief, dietary advice, dealing with stigma, sources of support and importantly, avoiding infecting another person.