Early treatment helps fight HIV

Added On December 2, 2018

December 1st marks World Aids Day. One family man in South Africa is urging more people to get checked for the virus, saying early detection and early treatment helped save his life.
Lifestyles brings you the story.
Thobani Ncapai lives in Western Cape Town in South Africa.
The man is a father, a family man, an everyday figure just like everyone else.
But his life hasn't been easy.
In 1997, he was diagnosed early with HIV.
At the beginning, he had no idea where to ask for help and was scared that he might never be able to see his son grow up.
It wasn't until he lost a lot of weight and felt sick that he began receiving HIV treatment.
The treatment put Mr. Ncapai back on his feet. He says he now feels like any other person and lives a happy life.
Not only has he seen his son grow up, he has also fathered a baby girl.
SOUNBDBITE (English) THOBANI NCAPAI, person living with HIV:
"Now that I am on HIV treatment I am no more afraid of dying because of HIV and AIDS. I am like any other people.”
Ncapai hopes his story can raise people’s awareness about HIV, suggesting that others get checked and start receiving treatment as soon as possible if the result is positive.
SOUNBDBITE (English) THOBANI NCAPAI, person living with HIV:
"It's important to young people that they should be aware that HIV is still alive, they should protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases."
According to the Joint United Nations programe on HIV and AIDS, HIV is preventable. If not treated, it can lead to AIDS. 
UNAIDS was focusing on HIV testing with a new report showing that intensified testing and treatment efforts are reaching more people living with HIV.
According to the report, a total of 21.7 million people living with HIV had had access to antiretroviral therapy in 2017, up from 17.2 million in 2015. However, nearly 20 million people living with HIV still do not have a suppressed viral load. 
Ncapai's story is a living example that with early treatment, HIV sufferers can still live a long and healthy life, and that offers a lot of hope for a lot of people.