It’s World Aids Day, and that’s a big deal. Whilst it seems we are winning the fight against HIV, we are losing the fight against ignorance. That's the slogan of the official World Aids Day website. HANX is all about promoting general health and wellbeing and breaking down any stigmas associated with sexual health in particular so we are supporting this campaign wholeheartedly.
The first case of AIDS was documented in 1981 and we are happy to say that huge advances have been made since then. HIV diagnoses in the UK are falling and falling and people diagnosed with the condition can live long and happy lives. In fact, only yesterday the Guardian reported that scientists believe an end could be in sight (see the link attached for more information). However, even though people in the UK have access to suppressive medication on the National Health Service there is still the fact that the condition is incurable and it comes loaded with discrimination. We want that to change.
Here's a list of facts about HIV and AIDS that you might be surprised by:
- HIV is transmitted through infected bodily fluids such as semen, vaginal fluids, blood, breast milk, and rectal secretions. If your partner has been diagnosed, use a condom. When used correctly they are highly effective.
- HIV cannot be transmitted through saliva, sweat, or urine.
- HIV is not spread through touching, kissing, or sharing utensils.
- HIV can’t be spread through sharing toothbrushes or razors.
- Anyone can get HIV/AIDS, irrespective of age, race, sexuality, or gender, and economic standing.
HANX would like to encourage you to read a little more on HIV/AIDS and help erase the stigma associated with the infection/disease. People who are diagnosed are more likely to suffer from low mental health due to isolation and discrimination and are statistically more likely to live in poverty. So let’s all be a little more understanding and support our fellow humankind.