35 years later and people still having sex randomly raw. Sexual behavior, sexual fluidity, homosexuality and promiscuity is at an all time high, sexual behaviors have changed from where we only indulge in soul baring behavior with that one special person to having mind-blowing sex with every Tom, Dick, Harry, Mary and Jane. Let’s not be surprised that NY has the highest rates of persons with HIV according to the CDC. But I guess with Magic Johnson being the “Poster Boy” of “how you will live with the disease if you were to contract it” no one really cares about their sexual behaviors, and raw dawgging before getting tested with your partner. Would a “scared straight” approach to society seeing the effects this disease has on the body be more effective in people being more responsible?
From the infusion of antiretroviral drug dapivirine into contraceptive devices such as the Nuva Ring, PReP (Pre exposure Prophylaxis) a daily pill that people can take to decrease their chance of contracting the disease, progress has been made in the battle against AIDS has this given people a more lackadaisical attitude to this deadly disease? Prevention is always better than cure, so despite the many ways there are to combat this disease being cautious and protecting yourself by having “safe protected sex” is always best!
Great steps have been made in antiretroviral treatments for the fight against AIDS/HIV, but a prolonged life doesn’t necessarily mean a quality life. A person who is fortunate enough to find a regime that works for them and is compliant can have the same life expectancy as someone without the virus. There are different strands of AIDS/HIV, some are more deadly than others. Let’s not forget that AIDs can be a very debilitating disease with an entourage of complications. I’ve seen the course of this disease and what it does, not only does it affect the individual, but the family as well. Family might not be there all the time so support groups such as Project Samaritan are essential to helping those affected along their journey. Love yourself by protecting yourself a moment of pleasure is not worth fighting a disease for life. Be safe and be blessed.
“These global efforts bring hope on this World AIDS Day that an end to the HIV/AIDS pandemic is achievable. We applaud the trial participants, researchers, health care professionals, advocates and others who are working to make this future a reality.” NIH Statement On World Aids Day 2016