This week Colin Craze speaks with The executive Director of Piedmont Care Listen to “Upstate Talks Piedmont Care” on Spreaker.Tracey Jackson. We discussed a topic no one wants to talk about, HIV and Aids. We learned a lot about what Piedmont Care does in helping people living with HIV and Aids the treatment they need, and they educate the people and their loved ones. Make sure to listen Saturday at 2pm to hear the conversation. If you cannot make the show time then come back and listen to the show on demand. This is one show you do not want to miss out on.
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What I found so interesting is that Piedmont Care does not only help people already infected with the disease, they help people who may not. They do this through free testing, education, free condom sites, and other resources.
Piedmont Care serves Spartanburg, Union, and Cherokee counties in South Carolina. If you are in Greenville they have a organization they partner with called AID Upstate. In the Charlotte area Carolina’s Care.
The biggest piece of advise Tracey Jackson gave me today was “get tested”. It only takes about 20 minutes to get tested. If you test positive for the disease it is no longer a death sentence. The medicine we have available is basically a “functioning cure”.
So today I did just that. I met with Loree Bishop who guided me through the process. It took only 20 minutes for the results which are negative. If you do not believe me take a look for yourself. They even give you proof of your test results.
Piedmont Care has a few events coming up:
April 10th 2018- Youth HIV Awareness Day
April 20th 2018- Twisted Trivia With Pati O’Furniiture
So what is Twisted Trivia you ask? Well for starters this year it will be held in the Marriott Hotel in Spartanburg’s downtown. Twisted Trivia is an adult trivia game, so you must be at least 21 to participate. They award people with the trivia, best costume, best team name, and others. So how do you join in on the fun? Simple go to Piedmont Care’s Facebook page .
One of the biggest myths I have ever heard relating to HIV and AIDS is that a man had sexual intercourse with a monkey. This is what South Carolina schools are teaching in their so called sex ed programs. I learned this over 13 years ago, but I am sure the schools have not changed their curriculum much. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that HIV came from a chimpanzee according to scientist, but it was not people having sex with these animals that brought on HIV in fact people for eating the chimpanzees in order to have food and survive. During this they came in contact with the animals blood in return contracted the virus.
(CDC Article): Scientists identified a type of chimpanzee in Central Africa as the source of HIV infection in humans. They believe that the chimpanzee version of the immunodeficiency virus (called simian immunodeficiency virus, or SIV) most likely was transmitted to humans and mutated into HIV when humans hunted these chimpanzees for meat and came into contact with their infected blood. Studies show that HIV may have jumped from apes to humans as far back as the late 1800s. Over decades, the virus slowly spread across Africa and later into other parts of the world. We know that the virus has existed in the United States since at least the mid to late 1970s. To learn more about the spread of HIV in the United States and CDC’s response to the epidemic, see CDC’s HIV and AIDS Timeline.
The only way to know for sure whether you have HIV is to get tested. Knowing your status is important because it helps you make healthy decisions to prevent getting or transmitting HIV.
Some people may experience a flu-like illness within 2 to 4 weeks after infection (Stage 1 HIV infection). But some people may not feel sick during this stage. Flu-like symptoms include fever, chills, rash, night sweats, muscle aches, sore throat, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, or mouth ulcers. These symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks. During this time, HIV infection may not show up on an HIV test, but people who have it are highly infectious and can spread the infection to others.
If you have these symptoms, that doesn’t mean you have HIV. Each of these symptoms can be caused by other illnesses. But if you have these symptoms after a potential exposure to HIV, see a health care provider and tell them about your risk. The only way to determine whether you are infected is to be tested for HIV infection.
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