Back in October I wrote about importance of talking about HIV/ AIDS, introduced you to the reality of porn stars testing positive for HIV/ AIDS and those who actually desire being infected. This week is World AIDS Week, with World AIDS Day being tomorrow, December 1, and I wonder if any of my previous posts had any affect on you.
If you think that you are not affected by HIV/AIDS because you do not know anyone infected or do not engage in risky behavior, then think again. The fact is that this is a completely avoidable disease that only exists because we as people choose not to engage in preventive measures or may not have the funds to practice safe behavior.
As humans, we have a tendency to think that we are invincible and that nothing bad will ever happen to us. While it would be wonderful if this indeed were reality, I have one question for you: Do you know your status? Getting tested for HIV/AIDS is completely free and offered at many locations around the country.
Of course, you may already know this because access to information in our part of the world is fairly simple and there are extensive campaigns that alert us to dangers of this disease. But the challenge is to not just be aware of your own behavior and status, but of that of those around you and across the world as well. Maybe this week you can speak to someone who lives with the disease (either since birth or as a result of behavior), go see a documentary and engage in a discussion about the disease, read a book such as The Wisdom of Whores or even just have an open conversation with your family and friends.
Tell me, what do you plan on learning this week?
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