Yesterday, just two days before World AIDS Day, Hillary Clinton rolled out plans to help rid the world of AIDS. While efforts will focus largely in sub-Saharan Africa, where providing access to medication is a major priority, we're not off the hook at home.
There are around 50,000 new HIV infections each year in the U.S. So what efforts can be made here at home to create an AIDS-free generation? According to our experts, it'll take plenty of awareness, mass amounts of education and a whole lot of condom use.
A Glee Character with HIV?
Okay no, we haven't discussed this with Glee creator Ryan Murphy and yes, Finn and the gang are all healthy (well, as far as we know … there was a time when they thought hot tubs could lead to pregnancy without sex). But introducing HIV/AIDS back into the landscape of pop culture might not be such a bad idea.
If you grew up in the '80s or '90s, surely you remember Pedro, the HIV-positive roommate on "The Real World." Or, if you were a "Degrassi" fan in 1990 (that was pre-Drake era), you may recall Dwayne Myers, the high school character who contracted HIV from a summer fling.
But as medication has improved over the years and we've become more complacent in the fight against AIDS, the disease seems to have disappeared from our social awareness.
"I don't think adolescents are as exposed today as they were in the '80s and '90s," says Emily Morse, a sex and relationship expert and star of the Bravo show "Miss Advised." "Over the past six years AIDS-related deaths have dropped more than 25%, but there are still 1.5 million people dying yearly of AIDS, so we certainly need to step up awareness," she adds. Continue reading ...
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