Monday, November 30, 2009
WORLD AIDS DAY
"Understanding the facts is the key to fighting prejudice and protecting yourself and others" -worldaidsday.org December 1st is recognized as WORLD AIDS DAY!
HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system, making it weaker and you more vulnerable to disease and infection. I know for sure, a lot of people do not know there is a difference between HIV & AIDS, they are not one in the same. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. You are considered to have AIDS once your body reaches a point where it can no longer fight off disease. There is currently no cure for HIV but there is treatment that allows some people to live comfortable lives. There are three main ways HIV can be passed from one individual to another, they are 1. Infected Blood, 2. Semen, 3. Vaginal fluids or Breast Milk. These passageways are why the use of drugs and unprotected sex are frowned upon.
The official World Aids Day website gives 5 tips on how you can respect and protect ourselves and others from the spread of HIV AIDS.
1. Find out facts about AIDS, know the truth, whats myth and what is fact
2. KNOW YOUR STATUS & GET TESTED
3. Talk to all new sexual partners about using protection during any & all sexual acts
4. If anyone tells you they are HIV positive treat them with RESPECT & do not share with
others unless they give you permission
5. Wear a RED RIBBON as a symbol of your support for everyone affected by HIV to raise
This topic is slightly addressed in a popular recent movie release, that is currently in theaters. HIV is no joke. Most of us know someone affected by the disease, or knows someone who knows someone that is or was affected by it. Honor the day TOMORROW, WEAR RED RIBBON OR A RED SHIRT & educate someone else. Share this article/site or send them to worldaidsday.org for more information and stories from real people living with HIV.