HIV diagnosis is no longer a death sentence

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BY ELLISON.T.VAHI

“A positive HIV diagnosis is not something to be taken lightly, but with modern treatments, the diagnosis is no longer a death sentence.”

This was the statement uttered by Mrs Alice Buku during last Friday’s celebration of the 2018 World Aids Day at the University of the South Pacific Solomon Islands Campus in Honiara.

Mrs Buku said today’s HIV/AIDS positive patients can expect to live a long and happy life.

“HIV is not a death sentence. So today, I would like to encourage each and every one of you, to PLEASE! Do get tested, and know your status,” she voiced.

“I’m living with HIV for 15 years with my 12 year old negative son and a negative husband.

“Currently I’m working, enjoy, healthy, productive, live normal life as any other non-positive people.

“With strict treatment, you will have enjoyable life, if only you know your HIV status”.

In concluding her remarks, she encouraged all who are being diagnosed with HIV to live life positively.

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