Wednesday, December 1, 2010

World Aids Day

Today is World Aids Day. It is a time to remember the people we've lost and a time to act to save the lives of the people we still can.

Far from being a "homosexual" disease, AIDS has ravaged the continent of Africa. Especially the Congo where hundreds of thousands of rapes occur every year. It is now prevalent in the United Kingdom where the HIV rate has doubled in the last ten years and currently over 90,000 people are living and dealing with HIV.

People living with HIV globally:
31.3 million adults
15.7 million women
2.1 million children under 15

What exactly is the difference between HIV and AIDS? AIDS is an immune deficiency that leaves a persons immune system so weakened they contract other sicknesses and diseases and die as a result of being unable to fight it off. HIV is the actual virus that can eventually lead to AIDS. A person can be HIV positive and not fall to AIDS. That is a lucky person. It is also sadly the minority.


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