Just in case anyone isn’t already aware, today is World AIDS Day. A day when we remind ourselves that AIDS is a problem that is not going away, in fact to me, it seems more present and widespread than ever before, and it’s important that we take a moment now and then to reflect on that and try to work out what can be done to make things a little better.
Since the appearance (or at east the classification) of AIDS in the early 1980s, it has spread so much that it now touches every walk of life. In the beginning, it was seen as being “The Gay Disease” and that made it so much easier to spread among people who thought that because they were not gay, they were safe.
The truth is, nobody is safe.
Stigma and misinformation surrounding AIDS is still rife, and it’s important that everyone keep up with recent developments and discoveries in order to keep themselves as safe as they can.
I know people with AIDS. So far I have been lucky enough not to lose anyone to it, but there have been times when it’s been a close thing. However, modern science is coming along leaps and there are drugs that can prolong life and make it of a much better quality for far longer than ever before. It no longer needs to be a death sentence.
For today at the very least, be safe. Arm yourself with knowledge and protect yourself as best you can. Practice safer sex (using barrier contraception – male or female condoms – and dental dams); make sure you and your partners get tested; don’t inject drugs (or, if you must, make sure you are using sterile, single-use equipment).
AIDS has been with us for 30 years now – I’m sure you all know the drill.