Archive for June, 2007



06
Jun
07

Indian Network For People Living With HIV/AIDS Launches Campaign Against Illegal Clinics

The Indian Network for People Living With HIV/AIDS has launched a national campaign against illegal clinics whose workers claim to cure HIV/AIDS with herbal remedies and homeopathic treatments, Reuters reports. According to Reuters, many HIV-positive people in the country go to the illegal clinics because they cannot afford private treatment. In addition, the government health system often is seen as offering inadequate treatment. Discrimination and stigma against HIV-positive people at hospitals also have caused some people to visit the clinics, which advertise in newspapers, posters, fliers and graffiti. – Visit www.medicalnewstoday.com for the full article

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05
Jun
07

HIV/AIDS education in Botswana is in the workplace

From the Nata Village Blog


HIV/AIDS education in Botswana is in the workplace
Originally uploaded by natavillage.

All government agencies and nearly all large businesses in Botswana have IV/AIDS committees. Many agencies and businesses have trained peer educators to help employees face the challenges of HIV/AIDS. Moshe standing right) is the chairperson of the HIV/AIDS committee for the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) in Nata. He invited Melody to the office to give a presentation about HIV/AIDS in Botswana. The eight employees learned that Botswana is second only to Swaziland for HIV infection rates. We talked a lot about how people are still using traditional doctors and paying them hundreds of dollars to treat HIV/AIDS. With almost 80,000 people in Botswana taking ARV’s and doing well, we discussed why some people are still in denial. Everyone present (like everyone in Botswana) has lost someone to AIDS. Vino (the supervisor, standing left) encouraged his staff to participate in “zero grazing” which means to stick with one partner.

Congratulations to the employees of BPC Nata for their willingness to participate in the workshop and their efforts to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS. Well done!

04
Jun
07

Video: Myths about HIV and AIDS and why they are not true

 

There has been a tremendous amount of progress in increasing worldwide awareness about HIV and AIDS, and massive education and prevention efforts are ongoing. However, many people remain ignorant to the facts about HIV and AIDS and to how they can prevent the spread of the disease. In this video, Dr. Becky Kuhn, an HIV treatment specialist, talks about the top 10 myths on HIV and AIDS and explains why they are not true.

Dr. Becky Kuhn is the co-founder of Global Lifeworks, which is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of “Bridging Diverse Communities in the HIV/AIDS Pandemic”. The vision statement of this organization is: “to pioneer new and unique methods for HIV/AIDS awareness, education, and care for the purpose of improving the quality of life of those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS”. The website is full of information; it contains articles, blogs, videos, and photo galleries. I recommend that anyone interested in the worldwide AIDS pandemic visit and explore this worthwhile site. (from focusonlivingwellwithhivaids.blogspot.com)

04
Jun
07

Adding On

I just found a great new blog by mom raising a child with HIV, and the feelings, thoughts, and responsibilities that entails.  Stop by and give her a shout, some support at http://hivchild.blogspot.com.   Here’s the latest post.

‘I would love to add another child with HIV. Is this strange? Is this weird? I think about it often. It wouldn’t be too hard since we already visit the doctor evey three months as it is. It would be a child in need of a home. A child with a similar history and most likely a similar future as my daughter. They would each have someone to share “this” with. Someone who understands. Someone who has been there, is going there, is feeling the same feelings, someone to help the other in dark times when mom just doesn’t cut it. Because try as I might, I can never understand what she is going through, what she is feeling. Love isn’t always “enough.”‘

01
Jun
07

BLOODLINE: AIDS and Family

When you click on the photo for Bloodline: Aids and Family you will see a video of a  mother who says:

I said, my children, you know what I have HIV. One day I will die and leave you my children. So you must be brave and look after yourselves and look after me.

www.mediastorm.org/0012.htm
“The AIDS pandemic continues to devastate sub-Saharan Africa. Two million people died from the disease in 2005 alone. Twelve million children have lost at least one parent.

The statistics are staggering.

“But we are not only talking of numbers here,” says Paddington Mazarura of Zimbabwe, a career professional infected with HIV. “We are talking of people.”

Kristen Ashburn’s BLOODLINE: AIDS and Family is the story of these men, women and their children.

Ashburn’s photographs are heartbreaking. But they also tell us of something more. They remind us of how tenuous our connection is to each other. In doing so, they show that what matters most is the care we give to those in need.”

01
Jun
07

Inspired

From NotPerfectAtAll – A blog from an early 30s woman recently diagnosed with HIV

I’ve been neglecting the blog, the gym, my hair, reading, all because of work. But on the bright side, it’ll be over and done with somehow (but how?!) less than a month from now, not work itself of course but this immensly stressful period. I know I should go see P’s family again when I am there, find the time, bring them something. It will be harder now because of the heat, less hiding possiblities.

I have thrush. That sucks and maybe is too much information but since it impacts my mood I thought I would write it here. Today I have been working on the presentation, not trying it out, just writing the damn thing (‘think “I have the opportunity to do this”, “I get to do this”; change your terminology and that will change your attitude’) jogging and meditating, did a bit of yoga, and all the time on my mind is the performance anxiety from the upcoming weeks. Why the F should I care? Surely I have walked or been pushed through the flames so many times that standing up in front of 3 different audiences (in an ascending size order) shouldn’t impact me. But it does. I think if I had to stand in front of even a 1,000 people and talk about having HIV or my life or things that I am passoinate about and wish to convince of, I wouldn’t be that nervous, but the way things are I feel as though I am just participating in a phony game, the game of science. It’s as though I am a kid again and try to make it look as if I have been doing the work when I know that I have been slacking off. In a sense, my job is robbing me of my adulthood.

I can’t write more without exposing what it is that I do completely on the net, and though my profile’s had only 131 hits so far, some of which are mine (but who’s counting) and I read somewhere that in the US alone there are as many blogs as there are AIDS orphans in Africa, I have to be cautious. I just wish something would come out of all this, this, this… ordeal. I have a lust for life, especially since I don’t know how long it’ll be (but then again, who does?). I want to do something meaningful. I am bored. But nevertheless, I want to make a good impression… Oh when will I break out of the closet, not the HIV closet exactly, but the day that I will stop thinking about wearing sleeves in public and positioning my arms hairy side up is the day that I will be free… or maybe just the day that I put pen to paper. I know I am happy now… P makes me very, extremely, outrageously happy with his cuddles and criossants and Nutella and sweet love. I don’t even mind his snoring much… I just drag myself out of bed and work and sleep during the day instead. I have a nifty new bike and I ride it around like a 10 year old boy (the one P bought me was vandalized). I am going home in April, to Venice in May. I am chubbier that I’d like and tatooed and scarred but making some kind of small reputation at work, I guess, no that is too stressful, don’t want to think about that. Being an outsider and a loner is tough, but I am used to it. I sometimes forget that I have HIV, that’s the advantage, because I am so used to piling up secrets in layers of discretion, and the most ironic thing is none of them, no amount of pain and bad sex and self destruction led to my infection. There has to be a lesson here somewhere. Just cos someone is paranoid it don’t mean they’re not being followed; just cos I was a – what exactly?- it doesn’t mean that I can’t get HIV through medical negligence. And I don’t have to pretend to be pure, cos I am not, and I don’t need to be a well-rounded, sense-making character, cos God didn’t set the scene for me that way. What I do need is to get my head out of my own butt and look at others and their real, or fictional, problems. And that is what makes me happiest. Being on the margins of involvement.




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