updates2009.com: the need for global HIV/AIDS education (0062)

stop_hivHiv/aids and Education
october 28, 2009

chers—

this is a difficult article to get an attribution on. it’s clearly a comprehensive policy statement about what’s called “HIV/AIDS education” and the site lists similar posts about other topics.

still, it’s worth a read.

namaste

—rk

HIV/AIDS is the global issue of new era of science and technology and we should know that the problem of widespread AIDS is challenge for human survival. Children and young people need to be equipped with the knowledge, attitudes, values and skills that will help them face these challenges and assist them in making healthy life-style choices as they grow. Education delivered through schools is one of the ways through which children can be helped to face these challenges and make such choices.

Providing information about HIV (transmission, risk factors, how to avoid infection) is necessary, but not sufficient, to lead to healthy behavioral change. Programs that provide accurate information, to counteract the myths and misinformation, frequently report improvements in knowledge and attitudes, but this is poorly correlated with behavioral change related to risk taking and desirable behavioral outcomes. Education can be effective in the more difficult task of achieving and sustaining behavior change about HIV/AIDS. The schools can either be a place that practices discrimination, prejudice and undue fear or one that demonstrates society’s commitment to equity.School policies need to ensure that every child and adolescent has the right to life education; particularly when that education is necessary for survival and avoidance of HIV infection.

HIV infection is one of the major problems facing school-age children today. They face fear if they are ignorant, discrimination if they or a family member or friend is infected, and suffering and death if they are not able to protect themselves from this preventable disease.

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HIV/AIDS & H1N1: plain language symptoms & treatment from dr. peter ruane (0061)

Peter_RuaneMessage from Dr. Peter Ruane Re: H1N1 and HIV
monday, oct 26
(thanks to the heads-up from sunnie rose —rk)

Please do not reply to this. But feel free to forward it to friends etc. —Peter

I am getting more calls than usual from patients who have the flu. Based on this and the public health information, you should be ready to deal with coming down with flu.

This is intended as a focused update on the influenza outbreak and advice to my patients as it applies at this time. Please be aware that this is not intended to be a substitute for medical care and the advice can change. There is a wealth of information on the CDC.gov website for more specific questions.

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liz highleyman, bay area reporter: matt sharp, proj inform, talks about HIV/AIDS & aging at 9-24 forum (0060)

bay-area-reporter-mastProject Inform forum focuses on HIV and aging
by Liz Highleyman
Published 10/22/2009

matt-sharp-proj-informAging has become a key focus for people with HIV and their health care providers, but much remains to be learned about the medical and psychosocial aspects of the aging process in this population, which was the topic of a recent forum sponsored by Project Inform.

“We’re facing a paradox,” said Matt Sharp, Project Inform’s new director of treatment and prevention advocacy. Having lived with HIV for more than 20 years, Sharp, 53, described himself as one of the lucky survivors.

“Many of us are thriving and we’re dealing less with AIDS-specific issues, but now we’re dealing with issues that come with age,” he noted.

Due to effective antiretroviral therapy, life expectancy of HIV-positive people in the United States has increased dramatically – more than doubling between 1996 and 2005, according to one recent study – but still does not equal that of the general population.

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jules levin, NATAP: HIV/AIDS, gender & bone loss (0059)

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GENDER AND GONADAL FUNCTION DIFFERENCES IN THE PREVALENCE OF BONE MASS REDUCTION: higher rates of osteopenia and osteoporosis for men vs women and at early ages, in their 40s.

This report underlines that HIV related bone disease in men and women may be different, natural history of BMR according to gender is unknown. …

This large case series shows an unexpected high prevalence of trabecular bone mass reduction in men. …..This report underline that HIV related bone disease in men and women may be different, natural history of BMR according to gender is unknown…..the table below shows osteopenia in 37% of men vs 23% in women, the difference is statistically significant. Osteoporosis prevalence was 16% in men vs 9% in women, also statistically significant. Of note, the average ages were 45-48 for men and 41-50 for women, very young to have so much prevalence of bone loss…..Both hypogonadal and eugonadal men categories were independent predictors of BMR in comparison to menopausal women…….We hypothesize it is necessary to move to a tissue level (a plausible difference of enzymatic activity of amortize has been previously suspected by our group) to understand the pathophysiological mechanism of gender difference in BMR

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hiv/aids storytelling: kearns’ open poem to same-sex marriage townhall meet 10-19-2005 (0058)

aidswriteorg-logoan open poem to the october 19, 2005 town hall meeting for the equality for all campaign

my name is richard kearns. i am a gay man living with AIDS. i’ve lived with aids a while.

how can i help in this, our common struggle? our great LGBT vision of what marriage means?

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hhs to start nat’l lgbt elder resource center (057)

hhs-logoHHS to Create a National Resource Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Elders
October 21, 2009

AoAging_leftHHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced plans to establish the nation’s first national resource center to assist communities across the country in their efforts to provide services and supports for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals.

Experts estimate that as many as 1.5 to 4 million LGBT individuals are age 60 and older. Agencies that provide services to older individuals may be unfamiliar or uncomfortable with the needs of this group of individuals. The new Resource Center for LGBT Elders will provide information, assistance and resources for both LGBT organizations and mainstream aging services providers at the state and community level to assist them in the development and provision of culturally sensitive supports and services. The LGBT Center will also be available to educate the LGBT community about the importance of planning ahead for future long term care needs.

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HIV/AIDS & H1N1: weho news — free swine flu shots in weho by cedars tuesday (056)

free-vaccine-jentFree Swine (H1N1) Flu Shots In WeHo
Sunday, October 25, 2009

West Hollywood, California (Sunday, October 25, 2009) – Flu shots simply remain unavailable, say doctors, despite the increasing rate of infections and President Obama’s Friday night declaration making the H1N1 swine flu pandemic a national emergency.

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