In the United States, the risk of contracting HIV during vaginal penetration is 1 per 1,250 exposures. That’s According to the CDC.
While high, most people don’t think about the consequences of their actions. Remember that year you spent half of Googling for symptoms and looking in the mirror for signs of AIDs because you were too chicken to go get tested?
You are not alone, it happened to me last year.
After smoking a shit-ton of weed I ended up doing some shit I shouldn’t have done, I woke up next to someone I didn’t know. You can imagine what happened next, Google searches, depressing music and thoughts of death. Been there right?
Six months later and after making lots of deals with God, I finally gathered enough courage to go get tested, know what? I found out that I was clean. The point is, stop being a chicken, go get tested today.
Nowadays, contracting HIV is not a death sentence, but it still sucks. Think about it, if you have AIDS society takes a crap on you (stigma), some of your friends abandon you and being told over and over that there is no cure for what ails you only makes things worse.
Is There a Connection Between Unsafe Sex and Marijuana Use?
A study published in the Journal Archives of Sexual Behavior suggests that, both alcohol and marijuana lead to people losing inhibition and increases the likelihood of unsafe sexual encounters.
Here is the thing; marijuana is illegal meaning most users smoke it in private intimate places where sex is more likely to occur. That means that, if the planets line themselves up just right, you may walk out of that car, room, or club carrying an STD.
Let’s be real for a minute. Human beings are not the friendliest of creatures. There are people out there who intentionally infect others as payback or simply because they don’t want to die alone. Watch this:
The point is. Be safe even while high. Use a condom and don’t mix alcohol with weed if you can’t handle it.
What if you already have HIV is using marijuana good or bad for you?
How marijuana affects people with HIV
In the US, doctors are allowed to tell HIV patients that cannabis can help to relieve their symptoms, but they are not allowed to help you obtain marijuana. The reason for that is. they risk losing their license to practice and possible jail time if they “aid and abet” a patient, why?
Cannabis is a schedule 1 drug meaning it is illegal to prescribe or to help someone obtain it. The good news is. State laws and federal laws are different, thus weed maybe legal in your state. So check your state laws to find out if you qualify for a medical marijuana card, or just fake an illness and get yourself a card online.
If you have HIV, it is important to do your own research. Look at what other patients who use marijuana are saying and figure out if you should start using it.
Is Marijuana a Cure For HIV/AIDS?
Numerous professional organizations including the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Nurses Association and the American Public Health Association have endorsed medical marijuana, why?
Research on CD4 immunity in AIDS patients found no compromise to the immune systems of patients undergoing cannabis therapy in clinical trials. That means that cannabis is safe to use for patients with HIV/AIDS.
The effectiveness of medical marijuana for treating symptoms related to HIV/AIDS is widely recognized. Numerous studies have proven its value as an anti-emetic and analgesic. According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM):
“For patients such as those with AIDS or who are undergoing chemotherapy and who suffer simultaneously from severe pain, nausea, and appetite loss, cannabinoid drugs might offer broad spectrum relief not found in any other medication.”
A study that was published back in 2004, found that nearly one quarter of AIDS patients were using medical marijuana. Majority of users reported improved appetite, anxiety relief, pain relief, and improved quality of life.
The Problem with ARVs
Almost all the drugs prescribed against AIDs related symptoms such as weight loss cause serious side effects such as:
- Inflammation of the blood vessels.
- Congestive heart failure.
- High blood pressure.
- Vomiting, constipation, heartburn, dry mouth, flatulence
- Vaginal bleeding
- Insomnia seizures
- Abnormal thinking
- Chest pain/pressure
And many other problems, marijuana on the other hand causes side effects that are barely noticeable and if you experience any negative effects. All you have to do is discontinue use.
I am not telling you to quit your meds, what I am telling you is Marijuana can help manage HIV/AIDS symptoms and side effects caused by ARVs. It won’t cure HIV or AIDS, but, using marijuana will make life more livable, meaning, you won’t be in pain all the time and the effects of the meds you are on won’t be as harsh as they are right now.
If you have HIV/AIDS, don’t let your thoughts and what people say make you abandon hope. Remember, we are all on a clock; look at it this way, 200 years from now everyone walking the planet will be dead. A new generation will take over and life will continue. So try to enjoy what you have right now no matter how good or bad it is.