The second step is for People Living with HIV to ensure they record their status on all hospital admissions relating to COVID-19. This in turn will ensure that antiretroviral treatment (ART) is maintained during hospital stay, including during intensive care. Interrupting ART typically results in the rapid rebound of HIV replication, with a detrimental effect on immune and inflammatory responses that can complicate the management of COVID-19.
“It is unacceptable that, HIV remains the leading cause of death for women aged 15–49 years and that poor women and girls are denied the right to make decisions about their health and their bodies. Adolescent girls (aged 15 to 19 years) have experienced forced sex at some point in their lives. All women and girls must have the right to choose if they have sex, and with whom, and further given the right knowledge and information on how to protect themselves.
Having HIV raises your risk for AIDS-related cancers. In fact, Kaposis sarcoma is rare in people who don’t have HIV. HIV is linked to a higher risk for certain types of cancer. But AIDS-related cancers have become less common. This is likely because people are getting antiretroviral drugs. Fortunately, enough for Eswatini, most PLHIV are on HIV treatment and virally suppressed, which has become a huge milestone achieved way ahead of many other countries.
This Essential HIV and AIDS programme for the Higher Learning Institutions is based on HIV and AIDS and related issues aimed at supporting Higher Learning Institutions in mobilizing their responses to HIV and AIDS. Information will be disseminated through presentations, testimonies and films. Two films will be used to cover the facts about HIV. These films will present basic facts on HIV and AIDS (how it progresses in the body, how it is transmitted, positive living, treatment and more).