Thursday, November 30, 2006

World Aids Day

Today being world aids day I thought I’d show some support and write a short post on the subject.

Firstly I’d like to start by saying that the face of aids is not an African one rather that of a global, undoubtedly Africa seems to have been greatly affected/infected and in certain countries on the continent the number of new cases are steadily increasing however this epidemic can no longer be ignored on the home front, I say this because whenever I see one of those charity adverts on aids they always seem to paint a picture that aids is synonymous with Africa, yes Africa has indeed suffered the most from this epidemic but the reality of it is that aids is and has been a global issue for a long time, aids is in the UK and the number of cases are on the rise.

Worryingly statistics have shown that sexual transmitted diseases amongst the young have and continue to increase at an alarming rate, within Europe the UK has one of the highest birth rates amongst its young with children as young as eleven becoming pregnant, this growing trend of ignorance towards the message of safe sex has to be addressed. I don’t claim to know it all when it comes to the topic aids or safe sex, but when children that haven’t even left high school are having kids of their own you know that shit aint right!!!

It seems that in this day and age parents/guardians are so heavily reliant upon the education system to teach their kids about sexual intercourse, a task I believe every parent should be involved in and not left to some random supply teacher and if the teachers of today are anything like the ones I had when I was back at school then god help us!!

I recall MR Shah, a small Asian man with a thick moustache covering his upper lip trying to teach a class of thirty pubescent boys and girls on the delicate subject of the birds and the bees a subject dare I say he was inadequate to teach. The poor man was full with embarrassment and would blush and struggle to get the words out of he’s mouth when asked a sensitive question. He would then proceed to show us a video on childbirth before leaving the room only to return when it had finished.

So parents educate your kids or deal with the repercussions that may occur, and if any promiscuous youngsters shall grace this blog please educate yourselves, you only got one life to live.

Listed below are some links to some charities and some sites to further your knowledge and show some support

The Terrence Higgins Trust
THT is the leading HIV & AIDS charity in the UK and the largest in Europe. It was one of the first charities to be set up in response to the HIV epidemic and has been at the forefront of the fight against HIV & AIDS ever since.

(RED) was created by Bono and Bobby Shriver, to raise awareness and money for The Global Fund by teaming up with the world's most iconic brands to produce (PRODUCT)RED branded products. A percentage of each (PRODUCT)RED product sold is given to The Global Fund. The money helps women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Uganda AIDS Action Fund
Uganda AIDS Action Fund (UAAF) is a charitable organisation providing education, health promotion information, advice and support to Africans and other black and ethnic minorities living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

United Nations Children's Fund
UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working specifically for children. UNICEF has launched a five-year global campaign to assist children affected by AIDS.

African Eye
The UK's first African sexual health magazine.

Black Health Agency
Black Health Agency and it's projects exist to work with and for African, Caribbean, and South East Asian communities as well as a diverse range of other marginalised groups.

46664 Nelson Mandela Foundation
46664 is Nelson Mandela’s campaign to help raise Global awareness of AIDS/HIV.

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