Thursday, March 07, 2013

"When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself." - Tecumseh
          Keep a Child Alive is an organization providing "treatment, love, and support to families affected by HIV/AIDS." 


           "We provide more than just the medicine needed to fight HIV. We provide the essential medical care, nutritious food, and love that help people thrive. We help with the things many of us take for granted, but that can make all the difference. A hot meal. A bed. A roof. A ride. A smile."

          Not only does Keep a Child alive hope to help out the 34.2 million people living with aids, but they also want to spread the word and raise awareness. According to their website, 72% of children in need of HIV treatment are not receiving it and 16.6 million children are orphaned from AIDS related illnesses worldwide. To learn more about this organization or to donate visit their website here.

What is AIDS?
          AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. AIDS is caused by a virus called HIV, or Human Immunodeficiency Virus. If you get infected by HIV, your body automatically begins to fight the virus with antibodies. When you go into get tested for HIV, you get a blood test that looks for these antibodies. If these antibodies show up in your blood test you are HIV-Positive, but this doesn't necessarily mean that you have AIDS.

How is AIDS contracted?
           You don't "get" AIDS, however, if you are infected with HIV you can develop AIDS later. You can get infected by:
             - having sex with an infected person
             - sharing a needle (usually drug related) with someone who's infected
             - being born when their mother is infected, or drinking breast milk of an infected woman
            Blood, vaginal fluid, semen and breast milk of infected people has enough of the virus to infect someone else. You can also be infected through oral sex or in rare cases through deep kissing, especially if you have open sores in your mouth or bleeding gums.

AIDS Prevention Tips
             -  HIV testing and counseling
             - Condom use
             - Family planning
             - Sex Education

Sources: aids.org and avert.org

We should always be thankful for what we have. I hope this gave you some insight into one of the millions of problems people suffer with worldwide. Be thankful for this day and keep doing what you do!


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