By Myles Helfand and Kellee Terrell From TheBody.com
November 28, 2011
HIV preys on the communities that are most vulnerable, most fragmented and possess the least amount of power. Systematic poverty plays a huge factor in that vulnerability: Less money, mo' problems.
Add in gender-related oppression and a lack of economic independence, and you see why so many women are at risk. Women have to grapple with physical and sexual violence; sex trafficking; an inability to negotiate condom use; and lack of access to education, contraception and health care.
Thankfully, there are strategies to change that reality, although many are imperfect and underfunded. In countries such as South Africa, Kenya and India, money is being channeled to fund programs that help women become less reliant on men economically; take educational and skill-building classes; start businesses; and negotiate condom use with their partners.
Myles Helfand is the editorial director of TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com. Kellee Terrell is the news editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.
Comment by: gustavo
Tue., Dec. 20, 2011 at 2:29 pm EST
please people see this comment need make sure have hiv ids have cuestion have other tes for check second opinion because have idea to trail other tes what form the practice metodo disponible
Comment by: Ted R
Thu., Dec. 8, 2011 at 9:25 am EST
how 'bout some personal responsibility? AIDS is curable by people taking responsibility for their actions. Why would I support a group of people that can cure themselves TODAY as opposed to some child with Cystic Fibrosis? Nope, AIDS folks don't get any sympathy or money from me.
Comment by: Andy
(Does it really matter)
Sat., Dec. 10, 2011 at 11:40 pm EST Then dear, I suggest you get the f**k off an AIDS website, start lecturing any of the zillions of other victims of "preventable" diseases with the same sanctimony you display here, or crawl back into the sewer you came from. And seriously, thebody.com, whoever let this comment slide through should be ashamed of themself.
Comment by: HSGI
Thu., Dec. 22, 2011 at 3:04 pm EST I agree Ted except that these people can't CURE themselves but they could have PREVENTED this condition.
Look at the research dollars going into looking for a cure for a disease which could be a lot less prevalent if people minimize the number the number of sex partners. I've heard from gay friends that HIV is a treatable illness and getting it is "no big deal". It appears that the progress in curing this disease is offset by the evolving attitudes that increase the risk of getting it.
Unfortunately Andy can't handle different points of views so maybe he's the one that needs to find a website that contains like-minded thoughts - typical attitude in the internet age. Andy goes on to tell you to crawl back into the sewer and then attacks thebody.com to censor other peoples comments...he appears to enjoy personal attacks on people who don't share his or her beliefs.
The reality is that the fleeting satisfaction of a sexual encounter becomes a distant memory after the treatment and psychological effects of a chronic and still very possibly deadly disease begins. I contrast the attitudes of people suffering from HIV to other chronic medical conditions that are genetic or very difficult to prevent and there is a distinct difference in attitudes.
Comment by: William W.
(Salt Lake City)
Fri., Dec. 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm EST
Your recommendations for "ending" the AIDS pandemic are noble and in a perfect world would go a long way towards eradication. Unfortunately the world is far from perfect and alas the only way to end this scourge is to cure it- and even then HIV will still exsist. Look at syphlis, gonorreha and TB. All but the most intractable are curable with modern medicines but they are still with us sad to say.
Comment by: Rosemari
Thu., Dec. 1, 2011 at 3:51 pm EST
I love this feature! One thing that could be a little more bold? Actually talking about sex. So far today I have rarely heard or read the word when promoting World AIDS Day. Here's my blog post about it for those who may be interested: http://bit.ly/vz3TyF
Comment by: speedstan
(San Diego, CA)
Wed., Nov. 30, 2011 at 10:34 pm EST
What a bunch of Politically Correct BS. How much more "education" do people need, and how much more money do we need to pour into research and treatment where 99% of the cases are preventable if only people would act responsibly and use common sense?
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