In the 21st Century we are so much more open about sexually transmitted diseases than we were in the past. There are several things that have forced these diseases out into the open and obviously the main reason for this is the rise of HIV/AIDS, our theme for this week.
Even given our newfound comfort with STD talk, the subject of HIV/AIDS is still a difficult one for people to talk about. Engage anyone on the subject and before too long, the subject will be changed. People don’t want to think about it, because the mental image of getting a terminal, painful and incurable illness is too horrifying for most to contemplate. But that is part of the problem. We need to contemplate it and do everything we can to fight it.
Many people don’t have the luxury of changing the subject, because they have HIV and it’s a reality they can’t walk away from. An unwillingness to talk about HIV and raise awareness and contribute to the fight are the biggest stumbling blocks to fundraising, increasing social responsibility and action against the disease.
So please, even if it’s uncomfortable, we urge you to join us this week as we support National HIV Testing Day to raise awareness about what it is, how to prevent it, and what can be done if you can’t.
Here is a lists of some of our other blog posts on HIV.