-:HIV - AIDS:-
November 23, 2006 5:06am CST
Today, forty million people are estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS. With an astounding number of cases being reported each year, something must be done to educate the world’s youth about the dangers of this pandemic. With over 600,000 cases of HIV/AIDS being reported each year worldwide, a step must be taken to educate teenagers of the risks and statistics of this disease. HIV/AIDS does not work alone in gaining these astounding numbers--it works with fear, ignorance, and silence. Because I am not gay, I am not at risk. Because I do not inject drugs, I am not at risk. Because I am not hemophiliac, I am not at risk. But, we are at risk, each an everyone of us. HIV/AIDS is the third leading killer of young-adult Americans, with the rate of infection rising the fastest among women and children. But HIV/AIDS will not be third for long. Teenagers do not give each other heart disease or cancer because they believe that they are in love. HIV is different. As a world we must be better educated in the HIV/AIDS virus--what it does to the body, how it is contracted, and how it can be prevented.