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World AIDS Day

November 30th, 2005 · Posted by Skuds in Life · No Comments · Life

Its World AIDS Day tomorrow. We all have our ribbon badges from Kidzpositive of course – with Jayne now working for an HIV charity we don’t have much of a choice, but we tend to mark the event anyway.

Having known a couple of people who died from AIDS it is more than just a trendy cause for me, and even if Jayne had not joined the charity we would have been going to the memorial service in Bewbush Saturday.

Personally I do not see the disease as anything special, certainly not as a punishment from God as some would have us believe, but just as another disease, a particularly nasty one which is, despite all the awareness-raising efforts of the last 15 years is on the increase.

There is sometimes a stigma to being HIV positive, which you do not get with other diseases. You read of stories where, for example, Andy Bell “confesses” to being HIV positive. You do not have to confess to having cancer or malaria or other. It is bad enough to have a life-threatening disease which can affect your life without having to feel ashamed of it too.

Yes I would like to see a cure, or a vaccination, or better prevention, but I would also like to see a change in this attitude. Unfortunately it will probably be easier to invent a cure than to do that.

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