Blood Born Disease
HIV and/or AIDS are a life threatening disease that is affecting society today. It is a serious epidemic that is threatening millions of lives around the world. A person can become HIV infected thorough the sharing syringes or through vaginal or anal sex, one does not become infected from the air as some might think. It is a blood born virus. Testing positive for human immune deviancy virus or HIV, means that you carry the antibodies. You can be HIV infected and not have AIDS, AIDS occurs in later stage of infection. A person is infectious through all stages, although studies have shown that a person is most infectious during the early stage of detection and in the final stage of AIDS, during the midcourse of the infection they are less infectious.
There are several things that one can do to prevent becoming HIV positive. One thing is that you can practice abstinence, or on a more realistic view one should be monogamous and always use condoms. It has been researched that the use of condoms lowers the risk of becoming HIV infected by 90%. Although this protection is not 100% it is the only way that actually helps prevent you from getting the virus. I think that society should make condoms more accessible to people.
I believe that AIDS education should be mandated in all states. If we are going to control this virus we need to educate from the start, if 11 years olds are having sex then they can spread the virus, then we need to teach them about AIDS and what to do to protect them. Whether we like it or not children are having sex and they need to be educated. Yes, we should teach them not to have sex, but those who still prefer to have sex need to be taught the precautions and how to protect themselves. "We could make a real difference and slow the spread of HIV of we learn to be open and frank with young people" says Dr.Merson. “The widespread introduction of well-planned sex education will go far to protect our children from the risk of HIV...