Much has been speculated around the cause of death of Prince who died April 21st. In weeks leading up to his death, it has been discovered that the Purple One had been battling health crises. It is commonly known that Prince had hip issues and whether he had surgery for it. The pain associated with the hip is supulchruous. Most people with hip problems complain of the pain being on a constant high level so Prince’s consumption of prescribed pain relievers is understood. However, another speculation stemming from Prince’s death is his battle with a “bad bout of the flu.” This statement from his inner circle made rumors rampant that he was living with HIV; hence his frequent trips to a WalGreens near his home. The actual cause of death is incomplete at this time so this is no speculation but let’s take a look at those living with HIV.
HIV came from what scientists believe was a type of chimpanzee in Central Africa. It is the believed that this chimpanzee carried the animal version of HIV called simian immunodeficiency virus, or SIV; human became infected from eating the meat of these monkeys of exposure to their blood. The virus has existed in the United States since approximately late 1970s.
Though HIV was highly concentrated among gay men, it has since become stigmatized in the black community. HIV and AIDS are generally concentrated in urban areas in the U.S., according to the CDC. “In 2009, the number of adults and adolescents living with an AIDS diagnosis was highest in the South. In 2010, blacks accounted for the largest proportion of AIDS diagnoses in the South, the Northeast, and the Midwest. Generally, HIV and AIDS are concentrated in urban areas, so states reporting higher rates of persons living with a diagnosis of HIV infection or AIDS usually contain major metropolitan areas where their epidemics are focused. In 2010, blacks accounted for the largest proportion of AIDS diagnoses in all regions except the West, where whites accounted for the highest proportion of diagnoses. www.cdc.gov
Some of the symptom of HIV are:
Flu-like symptoms, fever, chill, muscle aches, sore throat and fatigue.
Swollen lymph nodes
HIV comes in stages. Much like cancer, the earlier the stage treatment is sought, the better.
Stage 1: Acute HIV infection
Flu-like symptom may appear within 2 to 4 weeks. It is at this stage that people may not realize they have the virus and are possibly highly contagious.
Stage 2: Clinical latency (HIV inactivity or dormancy)
The asymptomatic phase where the virus is active but experience little or no symptoms. With or without medications, those with the virus can last more than 10 years. Transmission of the disease can continue though. During the progression of the virus, individuals can begin to show symptoms.
Stage 3: Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)
“AIDS is the most severe phase of HIV infection. People with AIDS have such badly damaged immune systems that they get an increasing number of severe illnesses, called opportunistic illnesses.
Treatment includes a cocktail of antivirals that’s taken for many years often during the patient’s lifespan. Without treatment, people with AIDS typically survive about 3 years. Common symptoms of AIDS include chills, fever, sweats, swollen lymph glands, weakness, and weight loss. People with AIDS can have a high viral load and be very infectious.” www.cdc,gov Commonly at this stage that death occurs often due to an associated illness.
Those individuals whose lifestyle demonstrates the need to be tested, should get tested for HIV. All of us need to practice safe sex, eat healthy, and get regular check-ups from our doctors.