I don't even have the time to read this article at the moment, but a quick scan made it look fascinating. So if you have time or are looking to procrastinate, or are interested in keeping up-to-date on current HIV issues, take a read:
When a Pill Is Not Enough from the New York Times.
I particularly enjoyed the comment about a certain little south of Southern African government:
The government can get nevirapine, condoms and AIDS treatment out to the most remote corners of the country — by truck or wheelbarrow, to modern hospitals and to clinics with no electricity. But it cannot penetrate what has become the most difficult terrain in AIDS work: the insides of people’s heads.
I was asked the other day about stigma & why do people not just start saying openly that they have it, then we will stop hiding from the problems. But one problem is, is that there is so much stigma attached to HIV. As this article says:
A significant minority of women in South Africa refuse to take an AIDS test. It’s not only that they do not want to confront painful facts that could lie buried a while longer. It’s also that being tested can be dangerous.
It began with the stigma of HIV being associated with homosexual sex in America (which back then and for rightwing USA is sadly so wrong), then the association that Africans are promiscuous AS WELL AS homosexual sex AND prostitution. But what I can never grasp, is that EVERY ADULT is either having sex or having the urges to have sex. It is the most natural feeling the world.
If someone is having sex before or only after marriage, with multiple partners or just one person or even no-one, with same gender or both genders or the opposite gender.... it is all their own choice!
And so one way for you to fight stigma, is to realise what your principles are about sex, and realise that these are yours alone and not shared by the whole world, so do not judge someone who holds and acts on opposing sexual principles.
I am sure I have blogged this all before, but it is a busy uninspired day, following a great fun-filled weekend.