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WHY BE TESTED FOR THE AIDS ANTIBODY?
For anyone with some risk, it is important to know one's AIDS-antibody
status. Because, if you should happen to be .AIDS antibody positive,
these 22 precautions and/or suggestions might help save your life
or the life of someone you love:
For those who already have AIDS, ADC (AIDS Dementia Complex) or ARC
(AIDS Related Complex), following these procedures and/or suggestions
may lengthen your lifespan considerably.
1. For those testing AIDS-antibody positive (HIV Positive), it is suggested that you contact the San Antonio Tavern
Guild AIDS Foundation to discover and evaluate the programs that are available. We can be of assistance in many
ways; all services are free and all information remains confidential.
If you do not have the resources to see a physician, please contact the San Antonio Tavern Guild AIDS Foundation
3. Avoid live vaccines, such as those for measles, mumps, and rubella.
A. Get a doctor's recommendation about pneumonia and flu vaccinations, which are often recommended. They use killed-
5. Polio can be contracted by an AIDS-antibody-positive person from oral polio vaccine virus excreted in the stool
of a vaccinated child or adult. No oral polio (live virus) vaccine should be given in a household with an AIDS-
6. Your doctor will not use immunosuppressive drugs, such as corticosteroids* certain antibiotics, and some anticancer drugs that are dangerous for AIDS-positive persons.
7. Do not use aspirin or other painkillers without consulting your doctor. Aspirin is slightly immunosuppressive.
8. Do not use illicit drugs, including marijuana and heroin, as they are immunosuppressive.
9.' Encourage your spouse, ex-spouse, lover","""ex-lover, and/or sex partners to have the AIDS antibody test. ^
0. Protect your sex partner by informing him or her of your condition; condoms improve safety but do not remove
11. It is suggested that anyone testing AIDS antibody positive investigate AL-721. An AL-721 meeting is held every
Thursday between 7:00-7:30 PM at the Foundation's headquarters at 3530 Broadway.
12. Cats transmit toxoplasmosis. Birds transmit histoplasmosis and psittacosis. AIDS antibody positive people
should not clean cat litter or bird cages.
13. Notify your physician, dentist and any other medical personnel that you have had a positive antibody test so
they can do their best to care for you and to prevent the spread of the virus*
14. As your family doctor to help you select a physician who specializes in Infectious diseases to do additional
blood tests. Such tests will reveal the condition of your protective T Cells. * Infectious disease specialists are
also trained AIDS counselors. Further, professional ethics dictate that physicians maintain confidentiality
15. If you are AIDS antibody positive, pregnancy may weaken your immune system and bring on AIDS, AIDS Related
Complex, or AIDS Dementia Complex. T^e baby has a 30 to 50 percent chance of having AIDS. In an infected mother,
breast milk contains the AIDS virus. Avoid breast feeding.
16. Do not donate blood, plasma, sperm," body organs or other tissues.
17. Avoid unpasteurized milk because there is a risk of salmonella infection, which Is more serious in an inmtuno-
suppressed person. Salmonella is spread through contaminated blood from chicken and other meat. Use acrylic cutting
boards that clean in dishwashers. Cook turkeys to 180 F. at center. Cook hamburgers to 170 F. Do not eat rare
18. It is especially important.that AIDS antibody positive persons exercise regularly, maintain a proper diet, get
adequate-rest, and avoid stress to help maintain the immune system.
19. AIDS antibody positive -individuals need to know that they are at a greater risk f&r serious consequences
what.tourists jokingly refer to as "Montezuma's Revenge" or the "Aztec Two-Step." If you must travel to Third World
countries, take bottled water and avoid raw foods.
20. To protect your immune system, do not use alcoholic beverages or tobacco products. They are immunosuppressive
21. Assiduously avoid all additional sexually transmitted infections, such as cytomegalovirus, Epstein-Barr viSis
syphilis, and reinfections with the AIDS virus.
22. Do not have your ears pierced or be tattooed.
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