If you are classified as AIDS, then you are under a strict medical regimen. If you just found out, and you have no symptoms, you probably have HIV You cannot catch AIDS. You can catch HIV. Aids is an extreme level of HIV progression. Some never obtain the viral level to be classified as AIDS, some do. . Talk to a counselor, or family member or friend that is there for you and won't criticize you or shun you...Get to your docotor asap and take the meds as directed AIDS does not have to kill you or shorten your life now they have so many drugs that prolong life I hope that everything will work out for you Good Luck and God Bless. I would like to add you need to speak with your doctor, then see a counselor so they can help you break it to your family. If you are living at home then your parents and siblings need to know. You may have to educate them as to how you got AIDS as many people assume you have to be gay to get it. No one knows where the AIDS virus started from and it doesn't matter at this point, but it does matter there is a cure for it soon. Doctors are getting closer all the time and have good meds out there to help prolong your life so you can have a quality of life. It's also important that you contact ALL people you have had sexual contact with and that includes oral sex, anal sex. These people deserve to know you have AIDS so they can be tested. It's going to take courage doing this because someone or one of your partners may be angry at you and blame you, but if you don't tell them it would be cruel for them to find out at a much later date. They deserve a good survival rate as well. God Bless & Take care of yourself!
Ritanovir (also known as Norvir and Ritovir) can be used at any time after you have started taking anti-HIV medications in a combination therapy that includes a protease inhibitor. The fact that you have been prescribed Ritanovir is not at all telling about the stage / seriousness of your condition .. other than you are at a stage where medication has become desirable.
Although Ritanovir was an early PI (protease inhibitor - which is a type of antiretroviral drug) and is still commonly used, it is now very rare for it to be used as a protease inhibitor or for any other antiretroviral qualities. Besides being one of the less tolerable antiretroviral drugs at full therapeutic doses, one of the side effects of Ritanovir is that it slows the liver down and causes the blood levels of some other drugs to rise much higher than they otherwise would have. At therapeutic doses of the drug, this effect on the liver can cause some undesirable interactions; but in much smaller (sub therapeutic) doses - at which the drug is far more tolerable - Ritanovir can be advantageously added to a drug regimen in order to deliberately 'boost' the blood levels and effectiveness of other protease inhibitors.
The only way to know if you are infected with the HIV virus is to be tested. Tests today can be done in less than 30 minutes.
Being HIV-positive simply means that you have tested positive for being infected with the virus known as HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), and can pass it on.
Having AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) means that you are HIV-positive AND that the progressive damage done to your immune system (usually over many years) has weakened it to a point at which you can no longer fight off a range of defined opportunistic infections (unless you receive treatment to support and restore some of your immune function).
Although AIDS is (with time) an almost inevitable consequence of being infected with untreated HIV; most people who receive timely treatment for their HIV infection will never develop AIDS.
The AIDS diagnosis is not generally reversible, so it does not necessarily indicate anything about your current state of health. Indeed, in many countries, the term AIDS is thought to be so meaningless and laden with stigma that it is no longer used.
AIDS is not a single disease but a spectrum of diseases caused by having reduced immunity due to HIV.