Did an information session with AIDS Vancouver Island last week. Good preparation for the trip to Uganda.
I’m more of a risk to a person with HIV/AIDS if I’m unwell then they are to me. I never would of known that.
Had no idea the extent of bodily fluids that are capable of spreading the Human Immuno-Deficiency Virus (HIV). Definitely didn’t learn any of that in school. Well, OK maybe it has been a while since I’ve been in school.
Here’s what I thought I knew, or had heard:
- The virus came from monkeys.
- It’s transmitted through blood.
True the virus needs a way into the bloodstream to ignite. Didn’t know that it could be through vaginal fluids, semen or breast milk though.
While it keeps mutating in humans, the source I was told today by one doctor is irrelevant. It’s established - it’s here.
In Uganda the children living with HIV need assistance with nutrition to support their body’s coping with the anti-viral drugs – if they’re available to them.
My plan is to find a way with Uganda Wishes to document that need with hope.