Prophylaxis and Allies: World AIDS Day 1st December
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Monday 1st December is World AIDS Day.

Respect and Protect.

Thanks to Avert [url]http://www.avert.org/ [/url] for much of the info quoted here.
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Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) has led to the deaths of more than 25 million people since it was first recognized in 1981, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. People do not "die from AIDS" but are killed by infections that their compromised immune systems are unable to cope with.
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Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), a condition in which the immune system begins to fail, leading to life-threatening infections. An estimated 33 million people worldwide are living with HIV.
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Infection with HIV occurs by the transfer of blood, semen, vaginal fluid or breast milk. The main transmission routes for the HIV virus are unprotected penetrative sex with someone who is infected, injection or transfusion of contaminated blood, from a mother who is infected to her baby (during pregnancy, at birth or through breastfeeding) and sharing unsterilised injection equipment that has previously been used by someone who is infected.
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Despite the evidence that they do not encourage drug use, some authorities still refuse to support needle exchanges and other programmes to help injecting drug users. Restrictions on pharmacies selling syringes without prescriptions, and on possession of drug paraphernalia, can also hamper HIV prevention programmes by making it harder for drug users to avoid sharing equipment. Many resource-poor countries lack facilities for rigorously screening blood supplies. In addition a lot of countries have difficulty recruiting enough donors, and so have to resort to importing blood or paying their citizens to donate, which is not the best way to ensure safety.

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In much of the world a lack of drugs and medical facilities limits what can be done to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Antiretroviral drugs are not widely available in many resource-poor countries, caesarean section is often impractical, and many women lack the resources needed to avoid breastfeeding their babies. HIV-related stigma is another obstacle to preventing mother-to-child transmission. Some women are afraid to attend clinics that distribute antiretroviral drugs, or to feed their babies formula, in case by doing so they reveal their HIV status.

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It is usually not easy for people to sustain changes in sexual behaviour. In particular, young people often have difficulty remaining abstinent, and women in male-dominated societies are frequently unable to negotiate condom use, let alone abstinence. Many couples are compelled to have unprotected sex in order to have children. Others associate condoms with promiscuity or lack of trust. Some societies find it difficult to discuss sex openly, and some authorities restrict what subjects can be discussed in the classroom, or in public information campaigns, for moral or religious reasons. Particularly contentious issues include premarital sex, condom use and homosexuality, the last of which is illegal or taboo in much of the world. Marginalisation of groups at high risk - such as sex workers and men who have sex with men - can be a major hindrance to HIV prevention efforts; authorities are often unwilling to allocate adequate resources to programmes targeting these groups.

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HIV cannot be transmitted via toilet seats, kissing, hugging, playing boardgames, shaking hands, hanging out with or caring for someone who is HIV positive.
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There are many wonderful people out there working hard to beat HIV and AIDS and make the world a safer place. I've been lucky enough to work with a few of them.
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No doubt about it, if you don't have sex your risk of becoming HIV positive is reduced but whether this works in isolation as a prevention message is questionable. For unmarried, sexually active young people abstinence messages are not effective, whereas promoting faithfulness to one partner, condom use and abstinence is effective. Everyone has the right to the information that can enable them to protect themselves against HIV infection, it is neither appropriate nor moral to refuse them.

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Being faithful to a single partner will protect you from sexual transmission of HIV if neither of you are HIV positive beforehand. It's a tough conversation to have but it's worth discussing and agreeing that if either of you should stray you will immediately tell your partner.
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The correct and consistent use of condoms for anal, oral and vaginal sex can greatly reduce a person’s risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV. The cost to manage a person's HIV positive status has been estimated as anything between £200,000 and £1,000,000. Condoms are made at a cost of approximately 1p each to the manufacturers. Globally, it has been estimated that a condom was used in only 9% of sex acts with a non-marital and non-co-habiting partner in 2005. The global supply of public-sector condoms is less than half of what is needed to ensure adequate condom coverage.
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One of the biggest barriers in the fight against HIV and AIDS is fear, prejudice, ignorance, stigmatism, discrimination and general not-being-nice-to-your-neighbourdom, both at an individual and societal level. HIV and AIDS is not a Gay Man's disease or an African problem or something that only happens to dirty godless people. HIV does not discriminate, it treats everybody as an equal and does not judge who you are or what you do, just the risks that you take.
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Religions and their leaders can help or hinder. A few years back the Vatican incorrectly (and in my opinion irresponsibly) stated that the HIV virus was small enough to pass through condoms. I'm still shocked that an organisation can make a statement that is potentially detrimental to public health and easily refuted and not be required to retract it. There are, however many examples of good work by faith based organisations (including Catholic ones) both in prevention and treatment. Some Islamic leaders have expressed that the HIV virus is a test of faith and that, in line with the Qur'an, every Muslim should be supportive of a person living with HIV.
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Antiretroviral treatment is the main type of treatment for HIV or AIDS. It is not a cure, but it can stop people from becoming ill for many years. The treatment consists of drugs that have to be taken every day for the rest of a person’s life. The aim of antiretroviral treatment is to keep the amount of HIV in the body at a low level. This stops any weakening of the immune system and allows it to recover from any damage that HIV might have caused already.

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HIV is now considered a long term chronic condition rather than a fatal disease. People living with HIV are still likely to live shorter lives than those who are not, but improved management and treatment of the condition means that they can live well, especially if diagnosed early on, especially if people will treat them as the normal, wonderful human beings that they are.
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This list is dedicated to Michael Edwards, who died on 3rd November 2008. Michael worked at Lighthouse in London for the best part of 20 years supporting people living with and affected by HIV. I will miss him.
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You can wear a red ribbon to show your support for people affected by HIV and AIDS. Red ribbons don't have to be just for the 1st December, you can wear one all year round.
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