Custom Search
Showing posts with label AIDS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label AIDS. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Son of a bitch - Joke

“Forgive me Father, for I have sinned,” the girl said at confession.
“What have you done my child?” asked her priest.
“I called a man a son of a bitch,” she told him.
“And why did you call him a son of a bitch?” he asked.
“Because he touched my hand,” she answered.
“Like this?” said the priest, as he touches her hand.
“Yes, Father.”
“That’s no reason to call a man a son of a bitch.”
“Then he touched my breast.”
“Like this?” he asked, as he touched her breast.
“Yes, Father.”
“That’s still no reason to call him a son of a bitch.”
“Then he took off my clothes, father.”
“Like this?” he inquired, as he takes off her clothes.
“Yes, Father.”
“That’s no reason to call him a son of a bitch.”
“Then he stuck his you know what into my you know where,” she confessed. “Like this?” the priest asked as he stuck his you know what into her you know where.
“Yes, Father! YES, Father!! YES FATHER!!!”
After a few minutes, the priest said, “That’s no reason to call him a son of a bitch.”
“But Father, then he told me he has AIDS!”

Monday, December 1, 2014

World AIDS Day & The Red Ribbon

The Red Ribbon

30 years after the first cases of HIV – the red ribbon is the universal symbol of awareness and support for those living with HIV. The red ribbon was the first ever ribbon symbol, inspiring later versions such as the pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness.

Where did the idea come from?

In 1991 – a decade after the emergence of HIV – a group of 12 artists gathered to discuss a new project for Visual Aids; a New York arts organisation that raises awareness of HIV. They were photographers, painters, film makers and costume designers, and they sat around in the shared gallery space in New York's East Village.
After a short brainstorm they had come up with a simple idea that later became one of the most recognised symbols of the decade - the red ribbon, worn to signify awareness and support for people living with HIV.

Why did we need a symbol?

When the artists sat down to work on this project, their aim was to get people talking about HIV. This was during a time where HIV was highly stigmatised and people living with HIV were suffering behind closed doors, some too scared to even tell their loved ones they were living with the virus. The artists wanted to create a visual expression of compassion for people living with, and affected by, HIV.
The artists were inspired by the yellow ribbons tied on trees to denote support for the US military fighting in the Gulf War. Pink and the rainbow colours were rejected because they were too closely associated with the gay community, and they wanted to convey that HIV went beyond the gay community and was relevant to everyone.
Red was chosen as it is bold and visible – symbolising passion, a heart and love. The shape was chosen simply because it was easy to make and replicate – anyone can make one by just cutting out a piece of ribbon, looping it around your finger and pinning it on.

How did the red ribbon become so well known?

Red Ribbons
In the early days, the artists made the ribbons themselves and distributing them around the New York art scene and dropped them off at theatres. Initially there was a text that went with it, to explain why they were being worn, but eventually this was dropped as its symbolism no longer needed an explanation.
Within weeks of the red ribbon idea being born, world-famous actors starting wearing the red ribbon to high-profile award ceremonies such as the Oscars and talking about why it was important. The media also cottoned on, and within a short space of time the red ribbon symbol became universally recognised.
At the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert held at London's Wembley Stadium on Easter Sunday 1992, more than 100,000 red ribbons were distributed among the audience, with performers such as George Michael wearing one. The Red Ribbon continues to be a powerful force in the efforts to increase public awareness of HIV.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

AIDS !!! HIV Facts and statistics

HIV facts

HIV stands for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It is a virus which attacks the body's immune system — the body's defence against diseases.
HIV can be passed on through infected bodily fluids, most commonly via sex without a condom or by sharing infected needles, syringes or other injecting drug equipment.

International statistics

UK Map
  • The number of new HIV infections has declined globally by 21% since the estimated peak of the epidemic in 1997
  • 2.3 million people were newly infected with HIV worldwide in 2012
  • In some parts of the world (particularly within Sub-Saharan Africa) between 15-28% of the population are living with HIV

People living with HIV globally

  • 35.3 million people living with HIV worldwide
  • 47% of people living with HIV worldwide are women
  • 1.6 million AIDS-related deaths

New HIV cases around the globe in 2012

  • 2.3 million people diagnosed with HIV
  • 6,300 new HIV infections a day
  • 260 000 new HIV infections among children 
  • 95% are in low- and middle-income countries

People who are on effective HIV treatment, with an undetectable viral load for least six months can not pass the virus on. NAT is lobbying the NHS to allow people to start treatment early if they want to, in order to prevent transmission.

It is a common myth that gay men can't donate blood. Actually NAT were instrumental in securing and participating in the review which led to an overturn of the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

AIDS - Common Myths


Common Myths

There are many misunderstandings and misconception about HIV. Check how much you know with our 21 common myths and facts about HIV.

  • Myth: You can’t have a baby if you or your partner is HIV positive.
  • If someone with HIV decides to have a child, there are options available to them to enable them to have a baby without infecting their partner and steps that can be taken to ensure their baby is not HIV positive.
  • Myth: If you get HIV you’ll die soon.
  • Myth: You can tell by looking at someone if they have HIV.
  • Myth: It takes months before you can have a test for find out if you are infected with HIV.
  • Myth: If you have a test you face a long wait to find out the result.
  • Myth: Only gay men get HIV.
  • Myth: HIV is no longer a serious issue in the UK.
  • Myth: I don’t know anyone living with HIV.
  • Myth: My partner would tell me if they had HIV.
  • Myth: I don’t need to worry about HIV anymore because there are really good treatments available.
  • Myth: People with HIV can’t work.
  • Myth: Lots of people come to the UK to get free treatment for HIV
  • Myth: Only old people get HIV.
  • Myth: You can get HIV from someone who spits at you or bites you.
  • Myth: You can get HIV if you stand on a discarded needle.
  • Myth: HIV treatment is free to everyone in the UK who needs it.
  • Myth: It’s very easy for me to catch HIV from someone who is infected.
  • Myth: All young people learn about HIV and how to protect themselves at school.
  • Myth: There are no symptoms of HIV
  • Myth: There is no benefit to getting tested early if you think you have HIV.
  • Myth: My test results won’t be kept confidential.

AIDS DAY 2010 - Facts and Stats


HIV: The basics

What is HIV?

HIV is a virus that attacks the body's immune system - the body's defence against diseases.

Are HIV and AIDS the same?

No. When someone is described as living with HIV, they have the HIV virus in their body. A person is considered to have developed AIDS when the immune system is so weak it can no longer fight off a range of diseases with which it would normally cope.

How is HIV passed on?

HIV can be passed on through infected blood, semen, vaginal fluids or breast milk.
The most common ways HIV is passed on are:
  • Sex without a condom with someone living with HIV
  • Sharing infected needles, syringes or other injecting drug equipment
  • From an HIV-positive mother (to her child) during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding (but with effective treatment and care the risk of transmission can be greatly reduced)

I don't know anyone with HIV... do I?

Today there are more people than ever before living with HIV in the UK, but less people report knowing someone with HIV.  People with HIV generally look healthy and many do not find it easy to tell other people, so you may not realise if someone you know if HIV positive.  To learn more about the different groups of people affected by HIV view the statistics.

Is there a cure for HIV?

No, but treatment can keep the virus under control and the immune system healthy. People on HIV treatment can live a healthy, active life, although they may experience side effects from the treatment. If HIV is diagnosed late, treatment may be less effective.

How can I protect myself and others from HIV infection?

Always use a condom when having vaginal or anal sex. You also may want to use a condom or dental dam during oral sex although the risk of transmission of HIV is much lower. You can get free condoms from a sexual health clinic, which you can locate at via the FPA website. Never share needles, syringes or any other injecting equipment.

Did you know?

  • Over a quarter of people with HIV in the UK don’t know they are infected.
  • One in 20 gay men in the UK is living with HIV.
  • For someone diagnosed today at 35, the average age of diagnosis in the UK, life expectancy is over 72.
  • The most common treatment today for someone diagnosed with HIV early is one pill, once or twice a day.
  • Lots of people with HIV work and their HIV does not affect their working life.
  • With the right medical help, the vast majority (approximately 99 per cent) of HIV positive women can give birth to healthy uninfected babies.
  • There is no known case of HIV ever being transmitted at school yet some schools in the UK still refuse to accept children with HIV.
  • HIV affects all ages. One in six people living with HIV in the UK are over 50. Last year one in ten people diagnosed were aged 16 to 24.
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Hit Leap

Traffic Exchange