COMBAT HIV/AIDS/MALARIA, AND OTHER DISEASES
-Millions of children are dying needlessly
-Malaria kills a child somewhere in the world every 30 seconds
-HIV/AIDS, Malaria,Measles,Polio, and Tuberculosis threaten the lives of millions of children who would survive , and flourish if they lived in better conditions
Research and Education can reduce deaths from these diseases!
Over the decades, research and experience has clearly shown what it needs to be done, what works, and what doesn't. There are measures that are proven to work and work and to be cost-effective, including micronutrient supplementation, insecticide-treated mosquito nets, and interventions to improve basic heath care.
WAYS TO PREVENT IT:
There are several steps you can take to protect yourself against HIV/AIDS and other STDs:
- Abstinence: Simply choose not to have sex.
- Sober Sex: If you’re drinking or taking drugs, you are more apt to get into a situation where safer sex practices falter or fail altogether. If you have sex when you’re sober, you’re more likely to be safe.
- Latex and Polyurethane Barrier Methods: Use safe sex materials such as male and female condoms, dental dams, and finger cots when engaging in sexual activity. Do not use male and female condoms at the same time!
- Fewer Partners/Monogamy: The fewer sex partners you have, the more you reduce your risk of HIV infection.
- Needle Exchange/Clean Your Works: Always use new, unused needles or clean your works by flushing the needle and plunger with water and bleach each time you use an intravenous drug syringe. Do not share other IV drug paraphanalia such as cookers cottons/filters, or water glasses. There are needle exchange programs available in your area where you can exchange used needles for new ones.
- Pregnancy: If you are HIV positive and think you may be pregnant, you should contact your doctor immediately to discuss your options. There are medications that you can take during your pregnancy to reduce your baby’s risk of being HIV positive.
- Breastfeeding: HIV positive mothers should not nurse a child. HIV can be transmitted from mother to child via breast milk. Instead your physician will provide alternatives to nursing your baby.
- Getting Tested: The only way to be sure of your HIV status is to get tested. With a rapid oral test, you can even get a cheek swab and get your results in as little as 20 minutes. If you test negative, your healthcare provider will provide tools that can help you remain that way. If you test positive, your healthcare provider can counsel you on methods used to prevent the spread of HIV.