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20.02.2009 Health

HIV positive patients urged to take good care of themselves

By GNA

A nurse has appealed to HIV positive patients to take their medications seriously, eat balanced diets and avoid unprotected sex in order to prolong their lives.

Madam Alice Agbexadzi, a Senior Nursing Sister of the HIV/AIDS Clinic at the Ho Municipal Hospital, said this when she addressed pregnant women at the hospital on Thursday to mark National Black HIV/AIDS awareness day organized by GOSANET Foundation a Ho based NGO.

She cautioned HIV positive patients that they risked increasing re-infection through unprotected sex thereby increasing their “viral load” thus hastening the deterioration of their conditions.

The day which was under the theme “Black Life Is Worth Saving” is an annual community mobilization initiative founded in the USA in 2001 to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support among Africans and Africans in the Diaspora.

Mr. Samuel Atidzah, Executive Director of GOSANET Foundation, said the attitude of some people towards PLWA is very atrocious and can increase the rate of their deterioration and early demise”.

Mr. Atidzah advised PLWA to accept, cope and assert themselves with their positive status but avoid spreading the virus.

The message the Foundation was conveying to the public was “get educated, get tested, get involved and get treated”.

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