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Kay Warren HIV and AIDS radio spot...
As mentioned in our introduction, “Getting to Zero!” is primarily being used to express a heart-felt goal that there are NO NEW HIV INFECTIONS, NO NEW HIV&AIDS-RELATED DEATHS and NO STIGMA and DISCRIMINATION against people living with HIV&AIDS by the year 2015....
In March of 2013 at The Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2013), scientists announced a baby girl in Mississippi was found to have cleared HIV through the use of antiretroviral therapy initiated within 36 hours after birth. This case drew a great deal of controversy, partially due to the media dubbing the baby 'cured of HIV'. Most involved in the case, and in HIV science and medicine, now call this baby a case of 'HIV remission'. Whether or not the Mississippi baby was indeed 'cured' of HIV, the case did bring significant attention and momentum to research into the very early initiation of ARVs in newborns....
He didn’t ever expect to find himself in this cruel situation. Sitting in the waiting room, he nervously kept one eye on the door, ready to bolt at any time. Uneasiness was a fire in his bones, so much so he no longer felt comfortable in his own skin. The thought of telling someone, of actually speaking the dreaded words to another person, caused a wave of shame that threatened to silence him even further. That’s why he came alone....
?Laurence is a 17-year-old girl living with HIV in Rwanda. Laurence’s parents died when she was just two years old, and she was sent to live in an orphanage. For fifteen lonely years, Laurence didn’t have access to the care she needed, and at times, the painful skin condition she developed from her disease kept her out of school and isolated from other children in the orphanage. ...
Stigma is a Greek word with a nasty history. It means a “brand” or “mark,” usually inflicted with a hot iron. Stigma is also a mark of disgrace or infamy—a sign of stain or reproach. Stigma is not limited to physical injury, but wounds, inflicts pain, and causes scars on the hearts and minds of its victims. Stigma is why many people living with HIV&AIDS form their own communities and fear engaging the larger culture and church....