WAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) calls to every of its member around the world to fight HIV/AIDS.
The theme for World AIDS Day 2006 is "accountability"
I'm suppose to share the facts to 10 other girl guide members but I see that by posting up here in my blog, I might reach a better audience.
In addition to that, wear RED today to show your support!
AIDS is short for 'Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome'. HIV means 'Human Immuno Deficiency Virus'
HIV is the virus that can cause AIDS by progressively destroying the body's ability to fight infections and certains cancers. If the immune system of somebody living with HIV is so broken down that serious infections occur, it is called AIDS. AIDS is not a disease but a syndrome, a 'compound of disease' which are caused by the damage to the immune system.
2006 is the 25th anniversay of the identification of 'AIDS' although evidence suggests the existence of earlier cases. The source of the virus is unknown but scientists suspect that a subspecies of chimpanzees native to west equatorial Africa is the original source of the virus.
There is no cure or vaccine found yet. Researchers are working on it and they need constant funding to proceed. There is medication to treat AIDS. An estimated 250,000 to 350,000 deaths have been avoided due to expanded access to treatment, but at the moment only AIDS sufferers in rich countries can be sure of getting this medication. These drugs reach only one in five AIDS sufferers.
The highest risk group is young women aged between 15-24. Young women are especially vulnerable because in many countries their rights are neglected or denied, they are unfairly treated and because of other social, cultural and economic factors. Young women need to be protected, empowered and equipped with decision-making and leadership skills to reduce their risk of HIV infection.
HIV can be transmitted by body fluids like blood. You can get infected by having unprotected sex with an HIV infected person. Also the use of non-sterile syringes or razors puts you under the risk of an infection. It can also be passed from a mother to her baby. It cannot be transmitted by shaking or holding hands, kissing or sneezing or by any kind of skin contact.
You can protect yourself from an HIV infection by following th e ABC rule : Abstinence, Behavioural Change, Condom Use. Unfortunately not every girl and young women is in the position to deman the ABC rule from her partner. Organizations like the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts run programmes to empower girls to say "no" and speak up to protect themselves.
According to UNAIDS, an estimated 38.6 million adults and children were living with HIV at the end of year 2005. Every day over 6,000 young people between 15-24 years old are infected - that is one every six seconds. 25 million people have already dided of AIDS and by 2050 it will be 280 million. 90 per cent of people living with HIV/AIDS live in the southern half of the world.
World AIDS Day is held every year on December 1. The theme for World AIDS Day 2006 is 'accountability'. The slogan is 'Stop AIDS: Keep the promise'. It has launched by the World Health Organization and the United Nations General Assembly in 1988. Since then, it has become one of the most successful 'international days' for raising awareness on a global issue.
To find information, on how to take action against HIV/AIDS, visit WAGGGS (World AIDS Day 2006) and World AIDS Campaign