nicolejb
2 years ago1,000+ Views
Today is World AIDS Day, So Let's Talk about AIDS
World AIDS Day was started in 1988 by the World Health Organization to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS and mourn those who had already fallen victim to the virus.
In the height of this era, HIV and AIDS was something really scary. Something so scary that it was covered in the news, people talked about it more, and art was even created around the issue.

Is it just me, or does it seem the discussion has died down around this serious topic?

Seems like it's not just me... In a study, researchers asked: "does the subject of HIV/AIDS come up in discussion with your family?" 81 percent of respondents in the survey said either rarely or never.
Another question: Do you talk about HIV/AIDS with your intimate partners? About 80 percent of the general public said no.
And, another startling statistic: Only a third of gay and bisexual men "realize that new infections are on the rise among gay men" and 22 percent think rates are decreasing. And "Most gay and bisexual men are not aware of current treatment recommendations for those who are HIV-positive, or of the latest developments in reducing new infections."

Why?

Well, HIV and AIDS doesn't seem as scary anymore. With advancement in the medical field, the virus is taking less lives. The PrEP program helps at-risk individuals with access to the drug, Truvada each day in conjunction with using condoms and receiving HIV tests every three months. Truvada has been found to reduce the risk of HIV by as much as 92 percent.

Awareness is needed for a reason. Because even though it's less scary, we can talk about the program (PrEP) that can help save lives. Let's celebrate World AIDS Day in a productive way.

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@Straightshooter honestly, and this is sad, I learned most of what I know from the internet and from adults I trust. My parents did what they could but they worked, and they also didn't know themselves (it's not like they had health classes when they were growing up lol). And as I got older I started asking my doctors and stuff to fact check. I honestly wish there were more programs that gave real information instead of just trying to scare people. Teenagers especially see right through that and I think it probably contributes to the kind of recklessness you mentioned. If they feel like they're being lied to/not given the whole truth, it sort of sends the message that they shouldn't value their health because the people teaching them don't value it enough to be honest
2 years ago·Reply
your absolutely right @shannonl5
2 years ago·Reply
@Straightshooter you're making me think! ^_^ thank you for sharing your experiences
2 years ago·Reply
not a problem. more people need to hear this kind of think and take it more seriously, cause it aint nothing to play with.
2 years ago·Reply
@Straightshooter 100% agreed
2 years ago·Reply
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