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Combating the fear of knowing

One of the hardest things to do is to make the choice to get tested. Sometimes it is easier to speculate rather than to find out for sure. Believe it or not knowing brings freedom. Knowing whether you have the virus or not allows you to act with sureness. Speculation is the quickest way to stay sick. Ignorance is never the better choice. Not knowing with this particular virus allows the virus to run rampart in your body making copies and damaging your immune system.

You may feel that with the knowledge of having HIV/AIDS your life is over. I dare tell you that is incorrect. The knowledge of having HIV/AIDS is no longer a death sentence. It is now just a fork in the road. You can make the decision to live a long and healthy life in which case you work along with a specialist to keep yourself compliant. Or you can choose to be in denial about the disease and allow it to destroy you.

I, of course, recommend the first path. Get yourself tested so that you know for sure whether you have the virus or not. HIV/AIDS is not a disease that you can afford to play guessing games with. The longer the disease goes untreated the more damage it does. It is not like a cold or the flu that will eventually go away. Ignoring the symptoms does nothing but make you sicker.

The symptoms of HIV are as follows:

Fever
Headache
Tiredness
Nausea
Diarrhea
Enlarged lymph nodes in the neck, armpits or groin
Rapid weight loss
dry cough
recurring fever
Profuse Night sweats
Proround or unexplained fatigue
White spots or unusual blemishes on the tongue, in the mouth or in the throat
Pneumonia
Red, brown, pink or purplish blotches on or under the skin or inside the mouth, nose or eyelids
Memory loss
Depression

It is a combination of one or more of these symptoms that may indicate that you have HIV/AIDS. Just one is not enough to panic. However, it is a reason for you to get tested.

Fear is a natural reaction to what we do not know. You have to push past the fear and reach to courage and allow yourself to get the facts. The longer you take to get educated, the longer the disease my be running wild within your body.

Ignorance does equal a death sentence. If left untreated, HIV/AIDS can result in your body being too compromised to fight off infection.

You are too valuable to let HIV/AIDS take you out. If you are feeling any of the above listed symptoms or are living a life style that may leave you at risk, PLEASE PLEASE search out a local clinic or doctors office and get tested.

The following website is provided by the CDC and will tell you where a local clinic is in your area that will test you for HIV:


http://www.hivtest.org/

Knowledge is power!

Be Aware... Get Protected...Stay ALIVE!!

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