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Information on AIDS

Information on Aids is more widely available than it was 25 years ago when the disease was first discovered. This is necessary, since 25 million people have died from the disease and many more are infected with hiv. Information on Aids is essential, because the disease is one of the most highly preventable diseases in the world, since there are no genetic or heredity factors involved, as with heart disease and cancer, and it is not like a car accident in which someone who is alert and careful can be killed by a someone else who is reckless. Information on Aids proves the old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, since it is through superstition, ignorance, and a refusal to make lifestyle changes which cause the disease to spread.

In the 1980s, many people had the misconception that Aids is just a gay disease. While the first people to be diagnosed with Aids were gay men, the disease soon spread into the heterosexual community. The conviction that Aids could not happen to the “average” American did not take into account that some men have relations with both genders in secret. Once Aids spread into the heterosexual community, people became more concerned with preventing the spread of the disease and information on Aids became more widely available. By the 1990s, most adults knew that Aids could be spread through sexual behavior and sharing needles. This was a far cry from the early days of the disease when a child in Indiana by the name of Ryan White was treated like a pariah at his school and in his community after contracting the relatively unknown disease through a blood transfusion. People then thought they could catch Hiv from him if they touched a drop of his saliva or if he coughed next to him. In addition to suffering from his disease, Ryan White had to confront the ignorance of those in his community. Because of improved information on Aids, few people will have to suffer Ryan's fate.

Information on Aids is widely available, but many people feel that more must be done, particularly in Africa where the disease is running rampant. In South Africa alone, there are 1,000 deaths a day from Aids, and the population is relatively ill-informed about ways to prevent Aids and to treat it. Information on Aids is often spread on World Aids Day which occurs every year on December first. The red ribbon is the universal symbol of Aids action, and information on Aids can be obtained in abundance on World Aids Day.

There are many websites and pamphlets devoted to disseminating information on aids to educate the general public on how to prevent and to treat the disease. Information on Aids should be distributed to sexually active adults or drug users who need to know the risks they are taking. Information on Aids should contain encouragements for regular Hiv testing, since hiv infection usually has no detectible symptoms. People who read information on aids should know what kind of test to take and where to get tested for the virus.

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