Posted on: December 1, 2006

Today is World AIDS Day. I thought it would be good if I had an entry that tells people about this day. It seems that there isn’t much mention around me. In my school, no mention except for a AIDS campaign a month ago. I assume other tertiary institutes have none either. Primary, Secondary schools and Junior Colleges are having their holidays. There is only a short mention on News. How are we supposed to be more aware when there’s so little mention…

Before going for my SERVE Cambodia 2006 trip, I was fortunate enough to have gone for a Seminar regarding AIDS by Standard Chartered Bank. The Seminar indeed has educated me more about the AIDS disease and now it’s my turn to bring it to you.

AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) is the development of certain infections and/or cancers, as well as a decrease in the number of certain cells in a person’s immune system. Such developments are caused by the weakening of the immune system. AIDS is not hereditary but contracted through contact.

AIDS is caused by the HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). This virus can be passed from one person to another when infected blood, semen or vaginal secretions come in contact with an uninfected person’s broken skin or blood. Infected pregnant women can also pass HIV to their baby during pregnancy, delivery and breastfeeding.

An infected person contracts HIV first. A body’s white blood cells will produce antibodies to fight the HIV virus and it’s these antibodies that are tested for HIV-Positive. Through years, the antibodies are defeated and white blood cells gets attacked. When infections enters the body, there are no white blood cells to protect the body. The immune system is too weak to fight against infections and will result in AIDS.

HIV is treatable but not curable. Drugs can delay the illnesses associated with HIV/AIDS, prolong life but cannot cure HIV/AIDS. Since there’s no cure at present, the next best thing to do is prevent. We have to always remember to avoid casual sex, sharing of needles and anything that will result in direct contact with HIV infected blood.

That range sounds very wide but only through blood contact can this virus spread. Kissing, hugging, coughing, sneezing, handshakes or sharing of food and plates will not spread the virus. That’s the purpose of World AIDS Day. To educate people about the disease, stop prejudice and prevent it.


Other than raising the awareness about HIV/AIDS, an organisation is also helping to save lives of AIDS infected people. That is (RED). Please view the video by Bono below.

(RED) gathers retailers to sell products tagged with (RED). The sale of such products will have some of its proceeds going to (RED) and these monies will be used to buy medicine for AIDS infected people in Africa. You get to buy what you want but also do some charitable work but (RED) is not a charity but a business model.

To support the cause of (RED), you can view and purchase (RED) products here.

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