World AIDS day facts and rants.

Hello Skinlovers!

Divacious Diva is back again!

I just wanted to cover some things that irritated me and some things I think you should all know so read away!

“Cynical realism is the intelligent man’s best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation.”  Aldous Huxley.

If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down. Or better still put yourself in a bell jar and be safe from all harm, nice and cosy in your solitude.

I do believe that in a cruel and evil world, being cynical can allow you to get some entertainment out of it. And if you can’t be happy than at least you can be entertained.
This is World AIDS day, and we shall see an outpouring of such sincerity on such a grand scale, yet, after today you will see the milk of human kindness dry up, and you will stand there and say “What next?”.

I am against the hypocrisy of it all, it is like Christmas all of a sudden people start forcing themselves into the unnatural behaviour of being sickly sweet and kind! Why? Because “it’s Christmas!” So effing what? Why don’t you be a decent human being all year round? Why don’t you think of others? Why don’t you just cut the crap and admit you are a hypocrite?
Some people say that I am being too harsh, I think not! I believe that you should be true to yourself, and accept yourself warts and all.
Why should I smile and pretend I am happy when I am not?
What does the world expect of me? To paint a moustache on my face don a silly bowler hat carry a cane and walk a funny walk just for their amusement?
Not going to happen in this life-time.
And for you who know I used to do performance art, well, don’t ask me to entertain you for free, pay me and then maybe. But sitting there saying “Yalla! Do a show for us! It’ll be fun!” Really it will be fun for whom?
Do you know how much hard work goes into a show, not to mention money? No you don’t because you are selfish and cannot see beyond the tip of your nose.

World AIDS day put a red ribbon to show your support! Why should I? Instead here’s a suggestion people, give money to Cancer and AIDS research, that is the way to help! It used to be purchasing the ribbons helped but there are so many fakes out there you can’t keep track.
Buy MAC VIVA GLAM (Ooooo MAC is owned by Estee Lauder, they support Israel! Well these are the only products where most of the money actually goes to AIDS research), also the Estee pink ribbon (which goes to cancer research). So before you get political on my arse, put dwon your Starbuck sistah and your Mothercare bags and let us have a chat.

It is useless to try and bang sense into peoples head when their heads are up somewhere where the sun does not shine (read posteriors).

Too many people have been lost to the deadly duo of Cancer & AIDS! And yet the bigotry and ignorance prevails and is actually getting worse.

Here are a few myths worth busting:

Top 10 HIV and AIDS Myths

1. I have just been diagnosed with HIV and AIDS…I am going to die.

This is the biggest myth of all. In fact people are living with HIV and AIDS longer today than ever before. Medications, treatment programs, and a better understanding of HIV and AIDS allows those infected to live normal, healthy, productive lives.

2. Why don’t we have an HIV and AIDS vaccine? It should be easy!

While progress is being made, HIV and AIDS vaccine development is not without its challenges and difficulties. Many experts feel we are still many many years from an affective HIV and AIDS vaccine.

3. HIV and AIDS can be cured.

While many make claims of miraculous cures, the sad truth is there is no cure for HIV and AIDS. Be careful of claims or cures and miracles. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is.

4. My family doctor can treat my HIV and AIDS.

The fact is, experts believe that given the complexities of HIV and AIDS care, only HIV specialists should manage your care. Be sure to choose a doctor who cares for HIV and AIDS patients regularly.

5. We don’t need a condom for oral sex.

Again, untrue and a very dangerous myth. Condoms must be used each and every sexual encounter; vaginal, anal and oral.

6. I have HIV and AIDS…I can’t have children.

This used to be true but not anymore. Women living with HIV and AIDS can and do have families. While certain steps and precautions have to be taken, women can now have the families they always dreamed about.

7. People over 50 don’t get HIV and AIDS.

Don’t bet on it. In fact, people over 50 make up a rapidly growing segment of the HIV and AIDS population.

Not true. Experts are seeing more an more incidences of re-infection, making HIV and AIDS treatment even more difficult.

9. HIV and AIDS only affects gay men and drug users

In fact, HIV and AIDS can infect anyone. Babies, women, seniors over 50, teens, blacks, whites and Hispanics. At risk behavior can lead to infection in anyone.

In fact this couldn’t be further from the truth. HIV is a virus and AIDS is a collection of illnesses. Knowing the difference between the two is a very important part of understanding both. Simply put HIV and AIDS are not the same thing.
Okay also something to remember:
Another Top 10 Myths About AIDS (this is targeted at teenagers):
10 Teenagers aren’t really at risk.
WRONG.
Actually, young people have the fastest growing rate of infection worldwide.

9 Mostly gay men and drug users get it.
WRONG AGAIN.
Anyone, anywhere, can become infected with HIV.

8 There is a cure, but only rich people like Magic Johnson can afford it.
NOT TRUE.
Researchers have made great advances but there is still no known cure for HIV/AIDS, although there are several treatments for certain symptoms of the disease. AIDS medication can be very expensive, which is why those living in poverty can’t always get it — and also why it is often easier for those who have money and health insurance to get treatment.

7. You only need to get tested if you don’t know your sex partner that well. ARE YOU KIDDING?
You need to be tested regularly for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections if you are sexually active, period. You should especially have yourself checked out if you have had unprotected sex.

7 You can tell someone has AIDS just by looking at them.
NOT LIKELY.
HIV basically progresses in four stages. The first stage is kind of flu-like and people often don’t know they are infected. The second stage is called clinically asymptomatic — it can last as long as ten years and infected people often show no symptoms at all. It’s not until the third stage, when the body’s immune system begins to fail, that symptoms really begin to appear. Stage four is when symptoms become severe and HIV is diagnosed as AIDS.

5 Heterosexual women are not at risk.
ON WHAT PLANET?
Women have surpassed men in new cases of infected people worldwide. Women are biologically, economically and socially more vulnerable to the disease than men.

4 You shouldn’t kiss, hug, or share a meal or drink with someone who is HIV positive or has AIDS.
HERE’S THE DEAL:
The two main ways young people can get HIV are by having sex with an infected partner or by using a needle or a syringe that has been used by someone who is infected. HIV is present in the blood and sexual fluid of infected people. If either of those things gets into your bloodstream through a cut or open sore, infection may occur.

3 Wearing the “Red Ribbon” is the only way to help fight the AIDS pandemic.
NO WAY!
There are walk-a-thons, fundraisers, rallies and a ton of other ways to get involved. Want some hints? Find out how to Be the Solution.

2 It’s really only bad in developing, third-world countries.
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INFORMATION?
How many more people have to die before you consider the HIV/AIDS pandemic “bad”? 10 million? 20 million?

1 You don’t hear so much about it anymore, so it must not be that bad.
HELLO?
Why do you think we put this list together?

Some more Myth-conceptions about AIDS:
So what I am basically trying to get across is READ and LEARN, and mainly do not judge lest ye be judged and found wanting!
People try and see things from ALL angles, not just some narrow bigoted viewpoint.
On this world AIDS day all I can wish you is a long life and prosperity!
And say:
Play safe and be good!

 

 

 

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About descantia

A melting pot of contradictions! Artist, Designer (most media), Copywriter, Thespian, Chanteuse, Dancer, Performance artist, Make-up artist and so much more... The penultimate liberal hedonist with conservative leanings! Exacting, free, libertine with a Courtesan mentality! Honest, blunt, viciously unkind when dealing with fools, ingrates, liars, and any deceivers. Detests: Hypocrisy, Disloyalty, Infidelity, Stupidity, Anyone Devoid of Morals Ethics and decent manners and behaviour. Loves being a Snarky Grumpy Bitter Old Elitist!
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One Response to World AIDS day facts and rants.

  1. Adel says:

    WOW! this is a great article!

    You are sure something Mr.

    God bless you for this hard work.

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