Is Having HIV a Death Sentence?

Is Having HIV a Death Sentence?

Hornet, the gay social networking app, continues to release episodes from its “Ask A Pro” video series.  The most recent video endeavors to answer the age-old question of whether or not HIV is a death sentence. While there have been great advancements in HIV, many people still associate HIV with death, particularly when people still die from it if it’s not treated.

Hornet’s expert, Alex Garner, provides insight into what it means to live with HIV. Successful treatment of the virus can mean a long, normal life span. It’s key for people living with HIV to have access to quality care and start antiretroviral treatment immediately. Garner isn’t just a health expert; he has also been living with HIV for over 21 years and is proof that HIV does not equal death.

“It’s not uncommon to associate HIV with death since millions have died from this disease,” said Garner, Hornet’s Senior Innovation Strategist. “We know how to treat HIV but the real issue is ensuring people have access to care. It’s equally important that we can witness people who are not only living with HIV but also thriving. It’s why organizations like Let’s Kick Ass are so important as they help demonstrate the diverse narratives of living with HIV and remind us of the unique challenges HIV-positive people face when building a life.”

Hornet’s Ask A Pro is an ongoing video series that features health experts answering common questions men have around sexual health. This series allows Hornet’s community of users to ask direct questions and receive answers that are accurate and useful. The health experts in the series are gay men and can speak to the topics both as professionals and gay men who encounter these issues as part of their lived experiences.

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