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DEC 1 2010 WORLD AIDS DAY – UPDATE YOUR “LIFE” STATUS: GET TESTED TODAY

Posted by yoMcLovin on December 1, 2010

Over the years, World AIDS Day has become a global phenomenon that has prompted massive media coverage, raised awareness, encouraged people to get involved and helped amplify the voices of those living with HIV/AIDS. Every Dec. 1 for the past 22 years, humanity has taken 24 hours to commemorate those who have died, acknowledge those who live and those who fight on the frontlines of the battle against HIV, and ponder what it will take to eliminate the virus once and for all.

We all can agree that one day is not enough. Only so much that can be accomplished during a single rotation of the earth on its axis.

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Join the movement “Buy Life”

Posted by yoMcLovin on October 28, 2010

Tennis champ Serena Williams looks phenomenal in a new promo shot for Alicia Keys’ Keep A Child Alive Buy Life Campaign.

The program was created to raise money for children living with HIV/Aids and also provides nutrition, shelter, education and basic needs worldwide, for ‘Buy Life’. Other celebrities that are participating in the campaign includes Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Kim Kardashian, Ryan Seacrest, Willow & Jaden Smith, Usher, Jay Sean & Katie Holmes.

For more information, visit BuyLife.org

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wake-up call: Are you having safe sex?

Posted by yoMcLovin on October 13, 2010

Practicing safe sex is not only important to prevent  unwanted pregnancies — it also protects against potentially life-threatening diseases such as HIV/AIDS and chlamydia.  

Who’s at risk?

Of those that get treatment for an STI (sexually transmittable infection), 10 percent will become re-infected within the year.

“Prevention is better than a cure,” says Peter Roach, Vice President of the Durex Network, which raises global awareness of the safe-sex message. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 18,000 people with AIDS still die each year in the U.S., despite better treatment options.

Young people are the ones not getting the message, but there has been an increase in STIs among older people too. “Marriages are breaking down in the 40-and-over age group, and these people had limited sex education when they were younger and are less aware of the risks involved with unprotected sex,” explained Roach.

Why people are still having unsafe sex

Younger people, and especially younger girls, believe that the pill alone is enough protection — yet the contraceptive pill only prevents from pregnancy, not infections. 
Education is key. Market research carried out by Durex suggests that sex education given in school is not sufficient.

“Parents and guardians provide the best source of sex education and their knowledge and advice contributes to greater sexual confidence,” says Roach. “We need to make it easier for young people to speak to their friends or their parents about sex without feeling embarrassed.”  

Culture, whether country of origin or religious belief, is important. In the Netherlands, where parents famously deal with sex openly, teen pregnancies are lower than the norm. Roach said: “Culture has a key role in how open people are about sex. Durex researchers found that people are reluctant to speak to their new sexual partners about their history.”

Recently, German popstar Nadja Benaissa was convicted of infecting her ex-partner with HIV/AIDS after failing to inform him of her illness throughout their relationship.

Although she will not be going to jail, Benaissa could well have prevented her partner from meeting that fate. 

“AIDS remains a current issue and there are still a third to half of those infected who are unaware of their status,” says Roach. “Testing is key.”

 

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