Where can I find the scientific evidence that HIV causes AIDS?

Mudassir Ali
Jan 25, 2020 01:31 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Jan 25, 2020 01:31 PM

Originally Answered: Does HIV lead to AIDS?
In the simplest terms, yes.

But, to put a little more detail to the answer, does HIV inevitably lead to AIDS? No.

I lived through the great die off that took a generation of people in the 1980s and I’ve stood bedside and seen friends leave this world for a better place after AIDS had left them physically vulnerable to infections that healthy people could withstand.

I myself now live with AIDS, but it isn’t a death sentence.

The reason there is so much nuance is that with the advent of effective medications, HIV can be brought under control and almost anyone infected today can expect to live a mostly normal lifespan. It isn’t to say that there won’t be some bumps in the road of life. It is different with every person, but I’ve been on medications that made me absolutely miserable from the time I woke up till late in the evening. By that point, I started feeling almost normal only to be so tired that I went to bed. I was barely able to work at that point. My daily living suffered. I became so frustrated that I refused to take my medications anymore, and of course with no side effects, I felt much better.

Fast forward a few years and my infectious disease doctor grimly told me that HIV had degraded my immune system to the point that I now had AIDS. I had a choice: either to join my departed friends who had refused to adhere to their treatments or make the best of a bad situation and find a way to cope while getting back on the cocktail.

I chose the cocktail (medications).

The good news is that my viral load, that is, the amount of HIV in my blood is rapidly dropping. With luck, I’ll reach a point in the future where it’ll be at an undetectable level. It doesn’t mean I’m cured, but it will give me a chance at living a normal length of life instead of dying in my early to mid-40s like many of my friends. It will also help me fend off the infections that AIDS can make me vulnerable to.

If there is anything I can tell anyone here that is even more important it is this: Be safe and careful when it comes to sex. It doesn’t mean you have to become totally abstinent, far from it. Just be smarter about it.

Also, as a man living with this exotic little bug, please don’t instantly turn your nose up at anyone who admits to having it. It takes a hell of a lot of courage to be that person to own the fact that you have something with such a stigma attached to it and to be honest with all the risks that it brings. Many have found that it’s a lot easier to just lie or avoid being tested so they don’t have to find out and can go on being blissfully ignorant.

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