HIV: Balance & Bounce (1)

On 26 February, 2020, in HIV: Balance & Bounce, by Cindy Pivacic

There are many facets to wellness around HIV and AIDS. Here I speak with Ryan Anderson from LabourNet and the Senior Commissioner Vusumzi Landu from the CCMA.

Aging with HIV

On 30 July, 2018, in HIV & AIDS FAQ, Media, Press, Resource, Speaking Engagements, Testimonials, by Cindy Pivacic

NEW CAMPAIGN

(Video No.2)

Aging with HIV

 

Living a positive, healthy life. The future is ours.

Treatment
Adherence
Disclosure
Viral load
CD4 count

Find out more……https://youtu.be/ZZnoReU0kAA

StatsSA says the total number of people living with HIV in South Africa has increased from an estimated 4.25 million in 2002 to 7.52 million by 2018.

NEW CAMPAIGN

(Video No.1)

Living a positive, healthy life. The future is ours.

Treatment
Adherence
Disclosure
Viral load
CD4 count

Find out more……on youtube post. https://youtu.be/AD3oadDAflU

StatsSA says the total number of people living with HIV in South Africa has increased from an estimated 4.25 million in 2002 to 7.52 million by 2018.

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It took me SIX years after diagnosis in 2004 to go public with my HIV status. It was not easy……

 

Today it is FIVE years since taking that plunge!

 

My thanks to ALL the people that supported this event and to those that have paved the way for me since, your presence has been unwavering.

 

Many Thanks to:

 

Charlotte Kemp and Shawn Fouche for sponsoring my website and ‘forcing’ me to:

 

SPEAK OUT

 

My Mother of course deserves more than anyone, my thanks, as she has been my, in her words, ‘biggest fan’ since going public.

 

I look forward to many healthy years and support going forward as I still have plenty to do!

 

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Under a Rock

I often ponder which rock some people and/or organisations live under so I can hopefully go and drag them out before it is too late.

 

We have a pandemic in South Africa as far as HIV & AIDS is concerned but we, as a community have become complacent and blasé about the situation.

 

With World AIDS Day (WAD) coming up it has become ever more noticeable as companies are reluctant to make much of an effort to create awareness. This should be an ongoing contribution throughout the year, now WAD does not even seem to garner much interest.

 

South Africa had 400 and 350 THOUSAND NEW infections in 2012 and 2014 respectively. (Those are the people we know of and have tested). That is ¾ of a million people; some countries don’t even have that many citizens to boast about. You would think there would be a serious concern for the future of this country other than taking up the ‘fight’ for education. Before long there won’t be enough ‘solid’ individuals to continue the future in governing this country.

 

Do not for a minute think it does not affect YOU; we are all affected one way or another.  You may think it does not concern you but I can guarantee you, you do know somebody ‘close-to-home’ that is infected, they may just not have disclosed their status to you , living in fear of rejection.

 

Many of the ‘big’ stakeholders in the HIV arena do not agree with advocating fear (and for the record, neither do I) as a deterrent of becoming infected with HIV, perhaps it is time we rethink that idea!

 

Obviously some of these institutions and communities have not seen the devastation it can cause to a person. The consensus seems to be ‘Oh well, I will just go onto ARV’s’, seriously……

 

If you want to live a life that does not involve daily medication, even if it is the ONE pill, you need to ensure that you DO NOT become infected.

 

Becoming infected ensures the following:

 

  • You will have to go for either monthly/bi-monthly/four-monthly/bi-annual/yearly checkups.
  • You will have to take medication and supplements for the rest of your life.
  • You will have added costs to your life.
  • You will lose working hours, like it or not.
  • It will affect your lifestyle.
  • There will be blood taken, tests done resulting in further costs of time, money and stress.
  • It will compromise your immune system making you vulnerable to other dis-eases such as flu, pneumonia, TB, Cancer to name but a few.

 

It may be at the beginning or the end of your diagnosis that you experience these issues, possibly both, who knows what your system can cope with. You will be able to live a pretty healthy life in-between but at some point you will wonder what you were thinking to put yourself at risk.

 

Having said that, HIV is a manageable dis-ease but you will eventually die from an AIDS related dis-ease, maybe not for quite a while after diagnosis but it will eventually happen.

 

Yes, we are all going to die and you may say ‘so what’ but why put yourself in a position where you could in actual fact have made the CHOICE not to accelerate the situation.

 

My final word is to the corporate sector as well as individuals, be informed, learn from those that have travelled that road.

 

Solution:

 

Retain the services of a person living with HIV and AIDS who is in a position to engage with staff at branch level and at their weekly meetings.

 

This will create a personal relationship where individuals will feel a connection to a ‘face’ where they can ask questions immediately or interact via alternative methods at a more opportune time to receive the information they require.

 

#CindyHIV

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Dear NAYSAYERS & DENIALISTS

On 13 February, 2015, in Health and Wellness, HIV & AIDS FAQ, Resource, by Cindy Pivacic

Naysayers and Denialists are a pain in the nether region!

 

I am tired of having to justifying why I take my medication when you Mr/Mrs Denialist (mostly Misters) have not been through the process of HIV & AIDS.

 

Yes, I am sure there are ‘conspiracies’ out there but really at the end of the day it does not change the situation, HIV is here and 6, 4 million (that we know of and have tested) people in South Africa cannot just be ill  from some other unknown cause, having the same symptoms and all the ‘stuff’ that goes with that!

 

I also believe that a healthy diet and lifestyle can and will prolong the ordeal, which is NOT a train smash, of having to start ARV medication but please until such time as there is undeniable proof, bite your tongue and have some respect for the people that are dealing with their situation in the way they choose to.

 

To date I have no knowledge of anyone in my circle of HIV+ people who have died because they took the prescribed medication but rather the opposite, stopping or non-adherence. I know ARV’s have numerous chemical components, let me make my own decisions.

 

Do not for a minute think I have not read and researched options….I am the one diagnosed HIV+ so believe me, I have done my homework.

 

I get told that the DRUGS are making me ill. I say kiss my lily white…….!

 

Ask me first; ‘When did you acquire all the diseases attributed to AIDS?’ I will politely tell you that it was PRIOR to starting ARV’s and I have NOT been ill since 2009, diagnosed in 2004, started medication in 2008. I have not even had a cold, let alone flu.

 

So…….speak to individuals who have gone through the entire journey and survived to tell the tale, which is what I do, like it or not, that’s your choice.

 

PS I was always extremely healthy and fit prior to my diagnosis, explain that and don’t tell me it was from ‘natural’ causes as nobody is afflicted with Shingles, Pneumonia, TB Meningitis, two Strokes and Cancer namely, Angioimmunoblasticlymphadenopathy in a period of two years without some serious reason.

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