There are some things you’re allowed to procrastinate over, but your health isn’t one of them. And just like how you might go to the doctor when you feel a cold or the flu coming, you should immediately see the doctor for treatment if you are diagnosed with HIV or an STI.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
If you’re tested positive for an STI such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea or syphilis, it’s important that you get it treated immediately even if you don’t experience any symptoms. An STI is easily spread between you and your sexual partners, and can cause long-term complications if you leave it untreated for a long time. But don’t fret – STIs are very easy to treat with the right medication.
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
If you’ve been diagnosed HIV positive, the first thing that should be in order is to go on treatment. While HIV cannot be cured, it can be brought under control through a medication regimen called “highly active antiretroviral therapy,” or HAART for short. With effective treatment, the amount of HIV in the body can be reduced to undetectable levels, and a person living with HIV can be assured that they will be able to live well.
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