discuss: is AIDS a big deal to you?

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Do YOU know your HIV status? If you don’t  have an immediate answer to that question, what better time to get tested than today? It is World AIDS Day, after all.

World AIDS Day is an attempt to spread universal awareness about Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, a problem that, despite what you may think, hits all corners of the globe.

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Recent coverage of AIDS often paints it as a third world problem (e.g. places far away from where we are!), but they’re closer than you think. MTV’s airing a new documentary today, “Me, Myself and HIV,” at 2pm ET/PT (and 6 pm ET/PT on MTVu) to prove just that. It follows two HIV+ young adults; one lives all the way out in Zambia, Africa; the other is from Minnesota. It just goes to show that HIV and AIDS can strike closer than you think.

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Is AIDS and HIV on your radar? Is it a problem you associate with third world countries? Or have you or someone  you know ever been affected by it? Is AIDS a big deal to you?


P.S. If you’ve had unprotected sex or used unsterilized needles you’re at risk! Have you been tested?

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  • a Biology student

    I think that's an absurd assessment, comparing mad cow and swine flu to AIDS.

    AIDS was a big deal in the 90s because it was a "new" and thus not yet well-known disease, so many educational programs were run to quickly disseminate popular understanding of the easily transmitted incurable disease. Emergency public-health measures, so to say. Now, it has become part of our daily understanding of life, much as cancer is. Educational programs about individual cancers happen about as often as AIDS educational programs, I'd say.

    Mad cow, SARS and swine flu also merited emergency public-health measures, but they bubbled over quickly as incidences decreased and people stopped worrying so much because the problem was no longer prevalent.

    AIDS education continues. There's no World Swine Flu Awareness Day; there is not wide-reaching and continual research on mad cow prevalence in countries across the world; there are no programs to hand out face-masks in China and Africa and even America to ward off SARS.

    Yes, the high-level awareness programs have died off, because the general populace is already more aware and they're expensive as hell. AIDS money has been found to be better spent in the lab, and in targeted prevention-and-testing programs in high-prevalence areas.

    • allison

      I'm sorry, but when did gURL compare mad cow and swine flu to AIDS?