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#WisdomWednesday: Live HIV / AIDS positive

Lydia Nkutha-Radebe's session of the head of the Medical Unit at Lenmed Private Hospital is enjoying one of her patients.

On Saturday, December 1st, when we arrive on World AIDS Day, the United Nations HIV / AIDS Program (UNAIDS) released its 2018 HIV / AIDS statistics.

South Africa is the world's largest and highest HIV epidemic in the world, and the number of people living in South Africa living with HIV / AIDS is very worrying. Statistics show this:

• 7.2 million people live with HIV
• 18.8% of adults HIV prevalence (aged 15-49 years)
• 270,000 new HIV infections
• 110,000 AIDS-related deaths
• 61% of adult antiretroviral therapy *
• 58 percent of children living with antiretroviral drugs with HIV *
* All adults / children living with HIV

Despite these worrying statistics, Lidia Nkuta-Radebe, chairman of the Lenmed Private Hospital Medical Division, said that the spread of HIV / AIDS is not a death sentence.

Lidia said that those living with this disease can still live normally and destroy stigma.

"If a person is diagnosed, he or she should get advice to mentally prepare for them," she said.

She added that patients undergo various stages before they adopt the status of HIV / AIDS.

"But, after all, people have to access and have to live with it, and as soon as you do that, you will realize that it is not a death sentence; you will lead a normal life. Do not hide it, because it meets the stigma that will eventually kill you, "Lydia suggested.

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