HIV-AIDS in Our World, Some Facts and What Students Think

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      No one thought before that HIV-AIDS would spread out as we know it today. Now many of us know that AIDS has been caused by HIV virus. Today many of us know how people are suffering from HIV-AIDS. Some of us who are from different countries in the world have had parents, friends or cousins who have died from HIV-AIDS.
      From my experience in Ethiopia I know that some people are starting to change their risky behavior because they’ve seen and heard about the people who’ve died from the virus. People feel very worried and afraid after they know they have the virus in their blood and they will hide themselves from others because they think people will not treat them as a normal person.
      According to AVERT (an international AIDS charity), more than twenty-five million people died from AIDS and AIDS related diseases around the world.
      HIV doesn’t choose and affect people who are a certain age, religion, culture or race. Unfortunately it is very hard to save many people with the virus. HIV doesn’t have a cure but there are many ways to protect yourself and even live a long life with HIV-AIDS. A lot of times HIV is transmitted from one person to another because of unprotected sex between men and women.
According to AVERT in many of the poorest countries in Africa, HIV-AIDS has spread a lot. South Africa has the most number of people who live with the virus in Africa. People who live in sub-Saharan and east Africa are also extremely affected by the virus. In east Africa usually women are victims of HIV-AIDS.
      There are more people affected by HIV in Asia than Africa. Many countries in Asia are struggling to stop spreading HIV-AIDS in their countries. As a result of survey in Asia, India, China and Thailand have the biggest number of people who are living with HIV-AIDS.
HIV is also spreading very fast in the Caribbean Islands countries. Many children in Haiti have lost their parents because of HIV-AIDS. Many people have died from HIV in some Latin America countries, too.
      Because the virus is spreading in these developing countries, AIDS is the main agenda for the governments in many of these countries. Countries in Latin America are trying to stop the spread of the virus and decrease the number of people with HIV by supporting them with medicine and food.
HIV-AIDS does not seem to be the same kind of problem in high-income countries. In high-income countries kids learn about HIV when they are in middle school or in high school. Teaching these kids helps to lower the number of people that will be affected by the virus.
      Six Blair students have some ideas about HIV-AIDS. The first student from the Ukraine said that people get the virus because of unprotected sexual contact between men and women and many people die from it. She said, “I would try to help people with HIV and, if I can, I would make their life better if I know that they have the virus.” She thinks there are fewer people with HIV in her country than the USA.
      The second student from Haiti said, “HIV-AIDS is a disease that cannot be cured and you have it for the rest of your life.” This student said that he would tell people if he has the virus so that he will get help from others. “I would also treat any people with HIV the same way I treat those who don’t have it,” he said.
      The third and the fourth students from Eritrea said, “HIV is a killer disease and it especially attacks developing countries like Africa.” Both students agree that people should try to eat healthy foods and try not to transfer the virus to other people if they know they have the virus in their blood. They also said that there is a big difference between the USA and Eritrea about HIV. People in Eritrea are dying from HIV and suffering a lot living with the virus. But in U.S the students don’t really hear that people have the virus and have problems with the disease like their country.
A student from Ethiopia said that he knows HIV-AIDS is very deadly. He also said, “I will try to find way to live longer if I have the virus in my blood.”
      A student from Costa Rica said, “AIDS is a disease that most of the times you can’t cure with anything.” She added, “People with the virus should always see a doctor so they can find something to feel better.”
      All of students said that they would protect themselves from HIV by having protected sex or trying to avoid anything that causes the virus.
      The number of people with HIV is increasing day by day and is becoming a very difficult problem for most countries in the world. However now most people know that the disease is horrendous.

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