She Is Focused

December 1, 2009

World AIDS Day: Be Aware, Get Tested

Filed under: Chat 'bout,Studies Say... — Felicia @ 3:31 pm

Today is World AIDS Day which is held each year on December 1st in accordance with the promotion of getting yourself tested and raising awareness of this continuously rising epidemic. AIDS, which is acquired through HIV infection is said to have killed more than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007. Today roughly 33.2 million people worldwide live with HIV and the numbers continue to increase.

World AIDS Day was created by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, officers for the Global Progamme on AIDS at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Both officers took the idea of creating an actual day to spread awareness of AIDS to the Director of the Global Progamme on AIDS who approved the recommendation and consequently implementation that the day be recognized each December 1st beginning in 1988.

In this day and age where sex sells and young people try their damndest to be mini replicas of their favorite actor, actress, singer or artists, it’s difficult to get the message of abstinence across. Because our young people are actively engaging in intercourse, it’s important that we instead advise of the importance of safe sex practices. Unfortunately despite the continuous rise of this disease, people of all ages continuously have unprotected sex resulting in all sorts of STD’s including HIV/AIDS.

My message to you would be to please practice the use of safe sex and more importantly go out and get tested. Getting tested is not a fad; it’s something that should be done for your health and well-being. Later on tonight Alicia Keys will be holding a YouTube concert tonight at 8pm est to aid in the awareness of the importance of getting tested. Spread the word!

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