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World AIDS Day 2013

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red_ribbonThirty years in to the epic disease that has swept the world, we are closer than ever to finding more treatments, more medicine, more tolerance, more choices … but never forget that HIV disease is a disease of the least. HIV disease affects, or infects, individuals with the least stable housing, the least nutrition, the least income for medicine, the least opportunity. Remember the facts:

  • HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infects cells of the immune system and destroys or impairs their function, making it hard for the body to fend off infections and diseases.
  • AIDS (Acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is the most advanced stages of HIV infection.
  • HIV can be transmitted five ways: through unprotected vaginal or anal sex; oral sex with an individual living with HIV; during pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding from mother to baby; sharing needles; or transfusions of contaminated blood.

If you do not have HIV disease, you need to know how to not get it. If you have HIV disease, you need to know how to not spread it. Get tested; know your status. Talk to your children about safe, responsible sex. Wear a condom — EVERY time. Keep up with HIV and AIDS in the media. Exchange health histories.
And …

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Author: Dolly R. Sickles

I’ve had an overactive imagination for as long as I can remember, which has served me well during my career as a creative writer, graphic artist, photographer, PR and marketing guru, grantwriter, social advocate, and agent of change (or some combination therein) in the hi-tech, pharmaceutical advertising, performing arts, broadcast and internet media, and social services industries. Aside from freelance business consulting, nowadays I spend my time imagining ... well, everything. I write contemporary romance and romantic suspense under the name Becky Moore, and I’m pleased to report that despite the most grandiose, exhilarating, strange, and unlikely plot I can come up with, every story has a happy ending. I also write children’s literature under the name Dolly Dozier. You can also check me out at MacMillan Publishing’s Heroes & Heartbreakers, where I’m a romance blogger.

2 thoughts on “World AIDS Day 2013

  1. Thanks for the timely advise. Won’t it be wonderful when there is no need for a “World AIDS Day” any longer? Support sex education in our schools. Kids need to learn information from home and from professional sources. Condoms are NOT just for pregnancy prevention. Be smart!!!

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