World Aids Day
In the field of Youth, we get to talk about rights, empowerment, intercultural dialogue etc. On the occasion of World AIDS Day, December 1st, we realize we also have to talk about sex. Sexual health is a matter that should be in everyone’s mind and therefore we see how sexual education is important for all and is something that should be mandatory from early stages. However, until then, we all need to become informed and get to know our bodies and health better. More specifically, related to HIV and AIDS, we have to better understand the facts and the myths around them. HIV and AIDS are not the same and we should be able to recognize the difference. “AIDS is the name used to describe a combination of potentially life-threatening infections and cancers, which can develop when someone’s immune system has been damaged by HIV.” Based on this fact, we need to see that HIV is a virus and without proper treatment, it can cause AIDS. HIV can be passed on and can be detected through HIV tests, however AIDS is a condition caused by the HIV virus.
But how can HIV be passed from one person to another?
“HIV can be passed on through infected blood, semen, vaginal fluids, rectal secretions or breast milk. The most common ways HIV is passed on is by having sex without a condom or by sharing infected needles, syringes or other injecting drug equipment.”
Related to HIV, without a treatment a person can develop AIDS within a matter of years, however with the proper treatment, a person with HIV will have a life like all others. A person with a Positive Status can work, have a family and all the things you can imagine that you would personally do. On the occasion of 1st of December, we as YEU stand by the people with HIV, their families and friends. We should all stand by them and take this stigma away.
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BE AWARE OF YOUR STATUS AND KEEP IT UPDATED AS IF IT IS YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA STATUS.