Q: Can The ART drug treat HIV.
No, the ARV drug suppress the HIV to an undetectable stage.
Q: I hear the drugs makes HIV patient have bad dreams.
The drugs at the initial stage come with a slight side effects that includes loss of hair, skin colour changing but after few weeks your system will adjust and the above effects will be restored.
Q: Can a patient decide not to take a particular medication.
A patient has the right to turn down a medication but also has the right to know the side effect of a medication.
Q: Can I have HIV through "licking" a woman.
There is a possibility of getting infected because the virus can be found in the vigina fluids, semen, breast milk and in blood.
Q: How is HIV spread or transmitted.
Yes like any STI's, HIV is transmitted through having unprotected sex with an infected person, Mother-to-child transmission through breast feeding/delivery or a cut.
Q: Is there a law for stigmazation.
Yes, it is unlawful to stigmatized an HIV patient. And punishiable by a prison sentence.
Q: What is the difference between HIV and AIDS.
HIV is a virus and AIDS is the deases stage. HIV has no symptons but AIDS has symptons. An HIV patient does not automatically has AIDs but AIDS patient has HIV.
Q: What are the major symptons of STI.
HIV is an STI just like syphilis, gonorrhea. Major symptons include pinal discharge for men, painful urination, swollon around the genitals, virginal discharge, itches and rashes. Men show early symptons for STI's especially gonorrhea.
Q: How can one prevent STI.
Through abstinence, being faithfull to your partner, use of condom always, vaccination(Hepatitis B).
Q: Can I demand privacy consultation.
A patient has the right to privacy during consultation, examination and treatment under the Patient Charter of Ghana.
Q: How truthful is the test kit result.
99% however a second response kit can be used to confirm and the patient has the right to a second medical opinion if he/she so desires.