Today is World Aids Day and we’re Blogging for Action.
Today Again we warn you. we beg you. we advise you; but still you go out and have Unprotected Risky Sex. Sex that for all intensive purposes will End Your Life, Literally.
Look at Dr Becky’s Video to Get YOUR Facts First – Sexy,
Becky Kuhn, M.D. debunks 10 more common myths about HIV/AIDS
we want to highlight what’s going on in our community today so this is a clip from the Sunday Detroit News. more will follow – as we’re making a point today.
Stop Taking Life For Granted,
Delores Flynn / The Detroit News
Starbucks customer Jeffrey Jay of Birmingham, from left, receives a flyer from MAPP program director Royale Theus, 27, of Roseville as volunteer Ira Johnson, 17, of Lansing, prevention specialist Wayne Stallworth, 23, of Southfield and special outreach coordinator Jihannh Jones, 28, of Roseville wait for customers to hand out AIDS prevention literature and condoms to at Starbucks in Royal Oak Saturday. (Gary Malerba / Special to The Detroit News)
The idea for global AIDS outreach was developed out of a 1988 AIDS summit held by the World Ministers of Health. This year’s theme is “Keep the promise — Leadership” to encourage world leaders to invest in programs and policies that can help stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.
“Abstinence-only sex education under the current presidential administration has been a hindrance. People need to know how to protect themselves so we need to have these discussions in schools, churches and around the dinner table.” Coulter said. “The prohibition of spending federal funds on syringe exchange programs, which we know are very effective in reducing rates of HIV infection among intravenous drug users, also needs to be overturned.”
A 1988 national funding ban prohibits cities from using their share of federal AIDS prevention money on syringe exchange programs for fear it would encourage drug use. Syringe exchange programs safely dispose used syringes in exchange for sterile syringes at no cost to reduce the transmission of blood borne pathogens such as HIV and hepatitis C.
The ‘flash mob’ was staged to publicise World Aids Day.
A ‘flash mob’ has been staged in Glasgow to publicise World Aids Day.
Dozens of campaigners “froze” at the same moment while handing one another Aids Day ribbons and condoms in the city’s Buchanan Street.
The British Red Cross organised the stunt through social networking sites to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS.
Louise Irvine, of the Red Cross, said: “The flash mob was a great opportunity to get people engaged in World AIDS Day in a totally new and different way.”
She added: “It’s been really inspiring to see how many people turned up to make a stand and it certainly gave all the Christmas shoppers something to think about.
“Sadly, HIV rates are still rising in Scotland year-on-year, so, it is everyone’s responsibility to get people talking about it and raise awareness.”
World Aids Day is Monday 1 December.
New York, NY (CNS) – The world’s biggest musicians including U2, Coldplay, the Killers, the Dixie Chicks, Jay-Z, John Legend, R.E.M. and Bob Dylan are contributing exclusive songs to Bono’s charitable organization (RED) to mark the World AIDS Day on December 1.
Bono’s message for World AIDS Day
As part of its global World AIDS Day effort to test one million people for HIV, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest AIDS group in the US which currently provides medical care and services in 22 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean and Asia, spearheaded the One Million Tests campaign.
The campaign, which has been organized by AHF in coalition with over 1,000 global partners from 72 countries around the world, mobilized non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local and national governments, international relief agencies, faith-based organizations and civil society to participate.
The goal: a worldwide commitment to provide a total of ONE MILLION Free HIV Tests during an extended World AIDS Day week from November 26th through December 1st–World AIDS Day.
Brian Ackerman on November 30, 2008 – 8:00am
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Imagine: The date is Dec. 1, 2031. HIV/AIDS has ravaged the global population for 50 years. It is World AIDS Day again and I sit down in my futuristic flying chair to draft a blog (an ancient form of personal commentary that only middle-aged people have heard of). The theme of this year’s World AIDS Day is “Victory.” Here is my blog from the future:
So we made it. 50 years. Millions of lives lost. Millions more chronically ill. But we made it. The world has fought a 50 year battle with AIDS and finally, with infection rates continuing their 22-year-long plummet around the world, nearly universal access to antiretroviral therapy, and a sustainable global healthcare infrastructure that integrates prevention, treatment, and care services, we can claim victory. Many are saying “I can’t believe it.” But I can. And not only can I believe it, I would find it unacceptable to have it any other way.
At this triumphant juncture in human history I think we must reflect on the path we chose to take together to achieve this feat. While the AIDS epidemic began in 1981, before I was even born, the global response to the disease took a dramatic turn 22 years ago, in 2009. Amidst a crisis in the world economy from which we have only recently completely recovered, and amidst a massive power shift in Washington, D.C., the United States charted a new course in the global response with its five-year, $48 billion initiative to end the pandemic.
The Obama Administration and 111th Congress were charged with calculating the sum of these parts: limited financial resources + an explosive global epidemic + donor fatigue for AIDS-specific funding + the largest generation of young people in human history (3 billion people) accounting for 45 percent of new infections annually + over two decades of data collection and a wealth of evidence-based, best practice models for prevention, treatment, and care.
While many said the sum was in fact, a negative one, the U.S. government decided that the knowledge we had about the AIDS epidemic, about how to prevent it, about how to treat it, and about how to care for those affected by it, was enough to outweigh the challenges of the other parts. And it could do such things because the U.S. government remembered that it was good at defying the odds when it employed science, as was the case with that trip to the moon back in 1969.
So what exactly did the U.S. government do in 2009 that changed the course of human history and led us on a path to victory over HIV/AIDS? The list of specific actions could fill a book, but fundamentally, what is now taught in history books as the eight-year “War on Science,” came to an end, and science won! The Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator declared that with regards to prevention, it would fund only comprehensive, medically accurate, and evidence-based programs and emphasized that one of the only ways to outsmart HIV was to not be afraid to address socially complex issues of sexuality and reproductive health in a holistic and healthy manner. Congress amended PEPFAR reauthorizing legislation to eliminate the balanced funding requirement for abstinence and be faithful programs and to fund family planning programs within U.S. global AIDS funding.
The Associated Press – Published: December 1, 2008
CAPE TOWN, South Africa: In a sign of hope on a continent ravaged by AIDS, a South African fertility clinic has started a service allowing couples infected with the virus to have a healthy baby.
The Cape Fertility Clinic is the first in Africa to open a laboratory for HIV-positive patients, enabling them to conceive and give birth to HIV-negative babies by using procedures such as in-vitro fertilization.
“HIV is no longer seen as a death sentence but a chronic disease,” says Klaus Wiswedel, one of the clinic’s directors. “And people with chronic diseases are entitled to have fertility treatment. We can safely deliver an HIV negative child and, with the right treatment, the parent can live a long life.”
About five or six couples, with either one or both partners carrying the AIDS virus, visit the clinic every month. It is only for the favored few with enough money to pay for fertility treatment and is a drop in the ocean compared to the huge numbers of infected people.
But it is a small symbol that, after years of despair, Africa is making progress in protecting unborn child from AIDS — and in prolonging the life of the parents
About 2 million people are receiving lifesaving antiretroviral medicines in Africa, which bears the brunt of the AIDS epidemic, up from 100,000 in 2003.
This has been accompanied by a dramatic increase in the number of pregnant women receiving drugs to stop them from passing the HIV virus to their children. According to a U.N. report on “Children and AIDS” published for World AIDS Day, the number of pregnant women getting therapy in low and middle income countries has tripled in the past three years.
For some countries the gains have been even more striking, thanks to an increase in donor interest and funding.
In dirt-poor Malawi and Lesotho, less than 5 percent of pregnant women infected with the AIDS virus got drugs to protect their unborn babies in 2003. This increased to 32 percent in 2007, according to the report, which was prepared by UNICEF, the World Health Organization, UNAIDS and the U.N. Population Fund.
In Mozambique the proportion of pregnant women on therapy increased from 3 percent to 46 percent; in Uganda from 9 percent to 34 percent; in Swaziland from 5 percent to 67 percent; in Zambia 18 percent to 47 percent and in South Africa from 15 percent to 67 percent, the report says.
Even stricken Zimbabwe, where the health service has collapsed, managed an increase from 8 percent to 29 percent. In Botswana, which has one of the highest AIDS rates in the world but has enough resources and commitment to provide treatment, 95 percent of HIV positive pregnant women were given antiretroviral drugs to protect their children in 2007.
“The prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV is not only effective, but also a human right,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Dr. Peter Piot, “We are seeing good progress in many countries, especially in parts of Africa, but we need to significantly scale up HIV testing and treatment for pregnant women.”
The standard advice given to men and women who are infected with the AIDS virus is to avoid unprotected sexual intercourse. But the Cape fertility clinic’s Wiswedel says this should not deny stable couples the right to have a child.
If the woman is HIV-positive but her partner is free of the virus, the procedure is artificial insemination, Wiswedel says. If the man is HIV positive, then the sperm has to be cleansed of the virus, he says.
The clinic has a separate HIV laboratory to make sure there is no risk of passing infection to its other clients. Once pregnant, an HIV positive woman has to be followed by an HIV specialist and has to have a Caesarean delivery to reduce the risk of transmission to the infant.
Some clinics in the United States and Europe have offered such treatment for years. But in Africa, the Cape Town laboratory is a first. Wiswedel says couples have come to him from all over the continent and he expects their numbers to increase.
“We jumped into the deep end of the pool because more and more patients want to receive treatment,” he says. We saw a huge need for this.”
PARIS (AFP) — As World AIDS Day is marked on Monday, the fight against the disease remains stymied by the of adequate treatment in poor countries and setbacks in finding an effective vaccine, experts say.
To be sure, there have been plenty of advances over the past two decades. While 33 million people have the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) virus that causes AIDS, more are enjoying healthier, longer lives thanks to powerful new medications.
Organisers of World AIDS Day — built around the themes of leadership, self-responsibility and activism — are calling on governments to follow through on promises of universal treatment, prevention, care and support.
“We have effective treatments. We have no other choice than to offer them to all those who need them,” said Jean-Francois Delfraissy, head of the French National Research Agency on AIDS and viral hepatitis (ANRS).
But affordable and effective treatment remains a rarity in Africa, home to the majority of HIV-positive people, making prospects of universal access to medication remote in the near future.
In poorer countries, the choice may eventually be between treating millions of HIV-positive patients, or offering more expensive treatment to some 500,000 people who are resistant to mainstream therapies, Delfraissy said.
Even in wealthier nations like France, where 5,200 new HIV-positive cases were registered last year, thousands of others remain unaware they are infected.
“Don’t let AIDS pick up speed!” urges the French association AIDES, which plans to install a huge counter on the Paris opera house showing the lag between new infections and treatment.
On Friday, the United Nations urged countries to focus on the roots of the epidemic and draw on a panoply of tried-and-tested tools to help HIV from spreading among people most at risk.
“There is no single magic bullet for HIV prevention,” said outgoing UNAIDS executive director Peter Piot.
Hopes for such a magic bullet were shattered last year, when scientists were forced to abandon two advanced clinical trials of an AIDS vaccine by pharmaceutical company Merck, after they appeared to actually heighten the risk of infection.
But AIDS research was given a boost in October when the 2008 Nobel Medicine Prize was bestowed to a pair of scientists who discovered HIV.
Researchers have also discovered new molecules and have launched tests on new triple treatments that have proved effective for patients no longer responding to other therapies.
Meanwhile, research on finding an effective AIDS shot continues. US scientists recently discovered a gene that may pave the way for a vaccine.
Delfraissy, of ANRS, also predicts a revival in basic research to find molecules capable of attacking the virus at a stage where it has not yet been detected.
Scientists are also interested in the cases of some HIV-positive people who never develop full-blown AIDS.