When all the testsare finished, you willbe given ARVs. Someother people may be given only Septrin
Young Talk, April - May 2012
Apart from improving lives of people with HIV, ARVs can be usedfor other reasons as Dr Kitakaexplains. Read on!
Atoo Susan, Lira PS,asks:Can a motherwho is on ARVs pro-duce a negative baby?
Yes, ARVs reduce theamount of virus in the bloodof mothers who have HIV.This reduces the chances ofthe baby getting infected bythe mother. When a mothergets tested, takes ARVs andfeeds well, she can protecther unborn baby fromgetting HIV. Most childrenget HIV from mothersduring pregnancy, child birth andbreastfeeding. Young Talkers, encourage your parents, guardiansand neighbours to visit a health centre and test forHIV before they get pregnant. This will stop morechildren from getting HIV. At the health centre,they will be advised on how to get babies whodo not have HIV.
Masiko James, Walukuba PS, Jinjaasks,
Why do some people haveswollen chics after taking ARVs?
Dear James, ARVS cause some changes ormake some people feel bad when they starttaking them. For example, they may get
Tired easily or feel sleepyDiscuss with your doctor if you see any ofthese changes so that you are advised onwhat to do about them.
Dr Watiti Stephen from MildmayCentre says: “Y
ou can reduce changescaused by ARVs by eating food before you takeyour medicine, drinking a lot of water or juice.”
ARV S protect babies f rom HIV
Get tested for HIV
If you have HIV, youcan live longer:
Talk to a doctor to adviseyou on how to live
oin a group of youngpeople with HIV for help
Go to the hospitalwhenever you do not feelwell.
Take your ARVs everyday.
Sleep under a treatedmosquito net to avoidmalaria
Drink clean boiled waterto avoid infections
Eat a balanced diet
Delay sex untill youcomplete school
Many people do not know whether they have HIV or not. This is very dangerous. Test so you can start treatment early if you have HIV. If you do not have HIV,you will be advised on how to continue staying safe.