#NoStigma: A new HIV non-disclosure law covers PLWHA
Under certain conditions, people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) do not have to disclose their HIV status to a sex partner
In a landmark ruling at Canada last week, the Supreme Court declared a new law which legally absolves a person safely living with HIV/AIDS of the onus to disclose his HIV status to a sex partner under certain conditions. Specifically, the new law states:
“Now, that duty to disclose has been removed as a long as the HIV carrier has a “low load” of the virus and wears a condom.”
Enormous fear of the deadly AIDS virus heralded the discovery of the epidemic about two decades ago, then the annual several million deaths from HIV/AIDS and of course, the attendant stigmatization. However, the present day reality of PLWHA (People Living With HIV/AIDS) needs to step up to match our present advances in dealing with this scourge.
Management of PLWHA has now moved way beyond just the efficacy of Anti-retrovirals in keeping the viraemia at its lowest ebb, to successfully preventing mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV/AIDS, to having a 96% chance of not transmitting the disease to a sexual partner when compliant with anti-retrovirals, and finally, it is even now possible to deliberately have high risk sexual contact as a partner to someone living with AIDS and yet be covered by a prophylactic drug, Truvda.
The HIV epidemic is certainly still a reality especially in this part of the world, and there is the scare of the emerging drug resistant Tuberculosis (XDR-TB) to deal with; but at least, hopefully we can consolidate on the gains of the progress achieved so far to completely eradicate the attendant social factors to HIV/AIDS by saying #NoStigma
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Scam Alert: Beware, most online Pharmacies sell fake or unapproved drugs
A proliferation of practically anything human can be found online because the internet is a global system that connects various computer networks and billions of people across the world, so unsurprisingly, drug stores and online pharmacies are in abundance.
The world’s largest healthcare regulator, the US Food and Drug Administration launched a huge campaign in collaboration with other international regulatory bodies and law enforcement agencies in 100 countries, to fish out unscrupulous online pharmacies.
In barely one week of the raid, they had clamped down on over 18, 000 illegal internet pharmacies for selling potentially unsafe, unapproved or fake medicines, including the erectile dysfunction drug, Viagra and an antiviral drug, Tamiflu. They have removed several of these offending websites and seized many drugs worldwide amounting to over 3.7 million doses of counterfeit meds estimated to be worth $10.5 million. Most of these meds were said to be found in very unhygienic conditions from they usually supply the unsuspecting online consumers, its difficult to even trace exactly where they get manufactured.
Such large figures in barely week indicates how large this market is; ever wondered how come most spam mails seem to be peddling one form of fancy drug or the other? Reports from these investigations so far say that about 900 orders are placed for such drugs worldwide every day.