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World AIDS Day 2013


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.
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Author: Dolly R. Sickles

Writer, mother, wife, adventurer, agent of change, advocate, ally, volunteer, instructor ... I'm never bored. I write contemporary romance and romantic suspense under the name Becky Moore, and 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. During the fall and spring, you can find me in the classroom through Wake Technical Community College's Continuing Education Program, teaching other folks how to follow their dreams or how to fund their community outreach.

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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