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Why does HIV continue to spread?
      #194486 - 06/04/06 05:17 PM

I saw a report on my local TV station that said that HIV continues to spread in American cities. Why aren't young people heeding the message and using condoms? Is unprotected sex worth a life time of being on toxic drugs?

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Re: Why does HIV continue to spread? new
      #194487 - 06/04/06 05:35 PM

Sounds to me like you found your calling!!

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Re: Why does HIV continue to spread? new
      #194492 - 06/04/06 06:06 PM

A lot of kids dont think it can happen to them. Get the message out there... do some volunteer work and help spread the message that condoms do indeed work!!

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Re: Why does HIV continue to spread? new
      #194502 - 06/04/06 06:30 PM

It's the age old story of the "Little Head" taking control of the "Big head" D.J.

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Re: Why does HIV continue to spread? new
      #194526 - 06/04/06 09:05 PM

It is very sad. especially when you hear about guys as young as 18 testing positive.

From what I've read recently it would appear that the methamphetamine epidemic in America may be causing many people to abandon safer sex practices. The drug makes people hyper sexual, feel more confident and impairs their ability to practice safer sex.

Then there are those out there who believe that HIV is no longer a big deal, that you can just take a pill or two a day and be fine. No one tells them about the possible side effects, the health care costs, possible drug resistance issues and the fact that ultimately there is still no cure for HIV.

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Re: Why does HIV continue to spread? new
      #194545 - 06/04/06 11:50 PM

[quote]I saw a report on my local TV station that said that HIV continues to spread in American cities. Why aren't young people heeding the message and using condoms? Is unprotected sex worth a life time of being on toxic drugs? [/quote]

the drugs arent as toxic as they used to be....as far as your question, we have a government that is telling people that condoms arent affective, and the ONLY affective effort is abstinance,etc. This combined with other politics is why its still spreading......telling a young person to stay abstinant is UNREALISTIC...

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Re: Why does HIV continue to spread? new
      #194568 - 06/05/06 10:03 AM

and the ONLY affective effort is abstinance,etc. This combined with other politics is why its still spreading......telling a young person to stay abstinant is UNREALISTIC... <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

That really isn't true. The gay community gets hyper about this. I am always puzzeld to see posts from Dr. Bob and others pertaining to abstinance. The Gov. simply advises that abstinance is the BEST way to protect yourself, gee what a surprise!! Why that fact is not aknowledged is beyond me. It is directed at young people who BTW practiced abtinance for for hundreds of years befor the so-called sexual revolution. It obviosly is NOT the only thing and we have to understand human sexuality but to discount the safest way young people can protect themselves until they are more mature is silly. D.J.

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Re: Why does HIV continue to spread? new
      #194569 - 06/05/06 10:17 AM

Here goes D.J. again with his ridiculous gay comments.....A2H is NOT gay. so why bring up the "gay community" regarding a hetero's statement? Are you seriously this homophobic that you blame everything on the gay community?

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Re: Why does HIV continue to spread? new
      #194578 - 06/05/06 11:07 AM

That really isn't true. The gay community gets hyper about this. I am always puzzeld to see posts from Dr. Bob and others pertaining to abstinance. The Gov. simply advises that abstinance is the BEST way to protect yourself, gee what a surprise!! Why that fact is not aknowledged is beyond me. It is directed at young people who BTW practiced abtinance for for hundreds of years befor the so-called sexual revolution. It obviosly is NOT the only thing and we have to understand human sexuality but to discount the safest way young people can protect themselves until they are more mature is silly. D.J.
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Bullshit DJ...i work in my community, speak publicly about hiv education & prevention, and the government REFUSES funds to ANYONE who wont preach abstinance as the way to prevent HIV. Condom usage is THE MOST successful prevention strategy in stopping HIV. Because a person WILL use a condom BEFORE they will even consider ABSTINANCE. If a person isnt mature enough to control thier own hormones, they CERTAINLY arent mature enough to make an abstinance commitment.

Before you go on one of your gay rants, Im not Gay, and I'll be the first to tell you, ABSTINANCE IS UNREALISTIC. Its the biggest WASTE of money in the HIV funding. Get your opinions aligned with the facts before ya spout of about something you OBVIOUSLY know nothing about. Its people like YOU and the info you spread that KEEPS this disease spreading*

I have spoke on TV, in front of Doctors, and many communities. Not for my personal gain, I dont need it. I care enough to educate people on the FACTS. If you think abstinance is the way to go, you are living in a fantasy world. Ryan white was abstinant, he was 8 yrs old.....IV drug users get HIV even though they remain abstinant. Condom use or not sharing needles doesnt apply to everyone wither, but a combined education is what will turn this disease around, abstinance has been PROVEN to be the biggest FAILURE in the prevention attempts* Just because YOU arent gettin any nookie doesnt mean the rest of the world isnt*

If you have kids and you even think they are gonna listen to abstinance the first time they are away from mom & dad, and with someone the have the hots for, who tempts them,you are a gullable parent*

Sure its the "safest way"....but its also the MOST UNREALISTIC way too. REALITY is people ARENT gonna be abstinant. History has proven that also*


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Re: Why does HIV continue to spread? new
      #194619 - 06/05/06 04:46 PM

Bullshit DJ...i work in my community, speak publicly about hiv education & prevention, and the government REFUSES funds to ANYONE who wont preach abstinance as the way to prevent HIV.<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<,

Hey A2 that's ok ,I'm not sensitive. You have reallty answered the intent of my post. The hostility that abstinance faces with some folks in incredible. What exactly is wrong with INCLUDING abstinance in any STD prevention program? I'll give you the answer,NOTHING. For some reason in the GAY community it has become a rallying point which to be honest is simply politics. There is nothing wrong with talking about abstiance in fact it is almost immoral not to. It is simply another tool in the fight against all STD'S. Have a good day, I'm not picking a fight its just the way it is.

As far as Faith goes she will make it personel ,so no need to respond.

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Re: Why does HIV continue to spread? new
      #194623 - 06/05/06 05:03 PM

Wow, I posted before I read you whole post. Gay Rant; exactly were do you get that from. Calling you Gay, Hmmm I really don’t care what you are and have never implied such. I think you just joined to supper sensitive club. I guess one is not to mention the prevalence of HIV within the Gay community. If that is the case, then monies targeted to that community should be redirected is that correct?

Lets get real, you’re saying you are a TV speaker on HIV prevention and you rail about abstinence? You won’t even mention it? You assume by my post that I am not aware that condom use is at the top of the prevention list, RIGHT BELOW ABSTINACE. I hope you modify your approach to your teaching. Also please be aware some of us also have very impressive credential pertaining to the fight against not only HIV but other STD’S as well. D.J.


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Re: Why does HIV continue to spread? new
      #194627 - 06/05/06 05:17 PM

You're absolutely right, there is nothing wrong with teaching about abstinence. However, the Bush administration is pushing abstinence only education. In a perfect world, everyone would be abstinent until they met that perfect one. However, this is not realistic. Along with abstinence, we need to teach young people about how HIV is spread and how to stop it with safer sex. Otherwise the virus will continue to spread unchecked.

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Re: Why does HIV continue to spread? new
      #194659 - 06/05/06 08:30 PM

[quote]... the government REFUSES funds to ANYONE who wont preach abstinance as the way to prevent HIV. Condom usage is THE MOST successful prevention strategy in stopping HIV. Because a person WILL use a condom BEFORE they will even consider ABSTINANCE. If a person isnt mature enough to control thier own hormones, they CERTAINLY arent mature enough to make an abstinance commitment.

ABSTINANCE IS UNREALISTIC. Its the biggest WASTE of money in the HIV funding. If you think abstinance is the way to go, you are living in a fantasy world. Ryan white was abstinant, he was 8 yrs old.....IV drug users get HIV even though they remain abstinant. Condom use or not sharing needles doesnt apply to everyone wither, but a combined education is what will turn this disease around, abstinance has been PROVEN to be the biggest FAILURE in the prevention attempts*
If you have kids and you even think they are gonna listen to abstinance the first time they are away from mom & dad, and with someone the have the hots for, who tempts them,you are a gullable parent*

Sure its the "safest way"....but its also the MOST UNREALISTIC way too. REALITY is people ARENT gonna be abstinant. History has proven that also* [/quote]
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above is what i tell em about the topic of abstinance. My talks are Real, they are honest, and they are quite blunt. i have generated a 60% increase in getting people tested in my area, by telling the truth about these things.

Stop & look at the curriculum you are following in YOUR teaching, is the same curriculum that has failed, worldwide* Nothing changes if nothing changes, i changed the curriculum, and in my area its working. If i do it enough someday the right people will be there, and help fund it, so that more than just my area can benefit from it. (thats my hopes) You gotta be REAL about something that is as REAL as HIV or people wont listen, they dont listen when the government says the same things you are here saying, they dont listen when parents say it, why? because its the same failing message........They arent blind, they see its failure too*

I am sensitive to one thing.....people spreading the beliefs of bullshit, pertaining to hiv*

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Re: Why does HIV continue to spread? new
      #194671 - 06/05/06 11:10 PM

According to new data in the UNAIDS 2006 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic, the AIDS epidemic appears to be slowing down globally, but new infections are continuing to increase in certain regions and countries. The report also shows that important progress has been made in country AIDS responses, including increases in funding and access to treatment, and decreases in HIV prevalence among young people in some countries over the past five years. An estimated 38.6 million people are living with HIV worldwide. Approximately 4.1 million people became newly infected with HIV, while approximately 2.8 million people died of AIDS-related illnesses in 2005. While the epidemic’s toll remains massive, experts find reasons for optimism, as well as guidance for how to improve the AIDS response, in the report released on May 30th.

“Encouraging results in HIV prevention and treatment indicate a growing return on investments made in the AIDS response,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Dr. Peter Piot. “We are reaching a critical mass in terms of improvements in funding, political leadership and results on the ground, from which global action against AIDS can and must be greatly accelerated. The actions we take from here are particularly important, as we know with increasing certainty where and how HIV is moving, as well as how to slow the epidemic and reduce its impact."

The new report is being released in advance of the United Nations General Assembly 2006 High Level Meeting on AIDS, which will take place from May 31st until June 2nd .

The report cites significant improvements in several elements of the global AIDS response. In the key area of financial resources, the US $8.3 billion available for the AIDS response in 2005 is more than five times the funding available in 2001, and is well within the Declaration of Commitment target range. The report also cites significant increases in global political leadership, which is key to maintaining the AIDS response at the centre of national and international development planning.

It's slow, but the message is getting out there. If you look at hte posts on this forum, it reasonable to assume that many of these posters are in their early to late teens which is a good sign that the message is getting thru. Unlike a decade ago, were it was deemed taboo to get an HIV test and many didn't test at all.

I understand the proper use of resources but I find it encouraging that today's youth continue to test for HIV even when there was not risk at all. People that test when they have protected sex or oral sex are unlikely to be hesitant to test when they do come across an actual risk.

It takes along time for any action plan to come into affect, but so far we have made big strides since the first appearance of HIV.

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Re: Why does HIV continue to spread? new
      #194672 - 06/05/06 11:13 PM

I am sensitive to one thing.....people spreading the beliefs of bullshit, pertaining to hiv* >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>..

Hmmmm I guess reading with emotion is tough for some. Nothing I have said is B/S. You are correct condom use in the "real world "will help stem std's. You are dead wrong not to include Abstinence. Even in "the real world" someone will be touched by this part of a lesson which might save their life.D.J.

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