World AIDS Day: How We Can Help
Today is World AIDS Day, if you’re active on Twitter, then you probably already know about it since it’s currently the top trending topic for today.
(excuse the vomit-inducing background of my twitter page, that’s me and Paul. I’ve posted that picture here on my blog before.teehee)
HIV and AIDS are arguably the most controversial diseases killing mankind. Victims of HIV and AIDS are often discriminated against and judged because of myths and misconceptions associated with these diseases.
- HIV and AIDS can only be passed on through sexual intercourse. (YOU CAN CONTRACT THEM THROUGH BLOOD TRANSFUSION TOO AND/OR SHARING OF NEEDLES, MOTHERS WITH HIV CAN ALSO PASS THE VIRUS ON TO THEIR BABIES DURING PREGNANCY AND THROUGH BREAST FEEDING).
- HAVING SEX WITH A VIRGIN CAN CURE HIV/ AIDS (SO MANY YOUNG GIRLS HAVE BEEN RAPED BECAUSE OF THIS MYTH. SORRY, BUT TO DATE, THERE ARE NO KNOWN CURES FOR HIV AND AIDS. THEY CAN ONLY BE MANAGED, NOT CURED).
- YOU CAN ONLY GET HIV and AIDS if you’re a homosexual. (YOU CAN GET IT TOO YOU HOMOPHOBIC FOOL.)
I’m not a medical expert but I do know a thing or two and I’d like to share them with you.
HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. When people are afflicted with viruses, our immune system usually fights them off, but HIV attacks the immune system itself making those who are HIV positive susceptible and all the more vulnerable to all kinds of diseases. The HIV virus can be passed on through different means but the most common way is through unprotected sex (if you can’t or don’t want to abstain, use a condom and be faithful to your partner).
AIDS is a result of HIV. On average, it takes about ten years for an HIV positive person to develop AIDS. One of the most famous victims of AIDS would probably be Freddie Mercury. He died of AIDS related complications in 1991.
Over the years, campaigns against HIV and AIDS in different countries across the globe have grown stronger and as a result, there has been a significant decrease in HIV and AIDS prevalence, such was the case in Thailand. Sadly, the Philippines has been one of the countries left behind.
In an unreasonably conservative society like ours, sex is still considered a taboo and to this day, lobbyists, concerned citizens and a few (yes, just a FEW *sigh*) lawmakers fight for the passage of the RH Bill which has been shelved for ten years. This bill will help spread awareness and prevent the rapidly increasing rates of unplanned pregnancies, illegal abortions, maternal deaths and sexually transmitted diseases.
By prioritizing sex education and sexual health, we can shed light on the many myths and misconceptions about HIV and AIDS. It is only through equipping people with knowledge that we can win this battle. Education is key.
I am grateful for people who are strong advocates of the bill and I am hoping that their efforts will not come to naught. Let’s tell our senators and congressmen to vote for the immediate passage of the RH Bill. No more delays, we need it now.