Friday, June 17, 2011

Saving Face Over Saving Lives

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Given the chance to prevent AIDS and save lives, some people would rather just throw a hissy fit and condemn the UN’s battle against AIDS.

The three day UN summit, that lasted from June 8-10, for the “30th anniversary of the discovery of AIDS set the target of more than doubling the number of people on retroviral treatment to 15 million by 2015. It said mother-to-child AIDS transmissions should also be eliminated by then,” but instead of supporting the UN’s efforts toward eradicating AIDS, protests sparked by the Vatican and some Muslim nations over its endorsement of condoms erupted.

Those in opposition of the UN at the summit voiced their anger over “endorsement of condoms and calls to help prostitutes, gays and drug users.”

Because HIV can be transmitted by having sex, through someone’s blood, or from a mother to child, the best ways to reduce your risk is abstain from sex and wearing condoms consistently and correctly.

About 34 million people around the world have the disease, 1.8 million die from it each year and there are 7,000 new infections each day. Obviously people are disregarding abstinence and continuing to have sex. Shouldn’t there be a worldwide concern about making sure the most reasonable way of preventing the spread of a deadly disease is taught to everyone?

To be honest, I don’t think it was necessary for anyone to express that much apprehension over the beneficial and life saving condoms. According to the UN Population Fund, the global need for condoms to combat HIV and for family planning has shot up from an estimated 13 billion in 2004 to about 19 billion in 2010.

It’s estimated that more than one million people are living with HIV in the USA and that more than half a million have died after contracting AIDS, clearly speaking for itself that we need to continue to stress the use of condoms. 

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