Saturday, December 01, 2007

December 1: World AIDS Day

Today is the day the world remembers those who have died because of AIDS, and reaches out to those who are HIV+ or persons living with AIDS (PWA) or those who might become infected--which means ALL of us are potential PWAs IF the response to AIDS and HIV remains status quo.

From the CDC website:

"Latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly, are highly effective in preventing heterosexual sexual transmission of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Research on the effectiveness of latex condoms in preventing heterosexual transmission is both comprehensive and conclusive. The ability of latex condoms to prevent transmission has been scientifically established in laboratory studies as well as in epidemiologic studies of uninfected persons at very high risk of infection because they were involved in sexual relationships with HIV-infected partners. The most recent meta-analysis of epidemiologic studies of condom effectiveness was published by Weller and Davis in 2004. This analysis refines and updates their previous report published in 1999. The analysis demonstrates that the consistent use of latex condoms provides a high degree of protection against heterosexual transmission of HIV. It should be noted that condom use cannot provide absolute protection against HIV. The surest way to avoid transmission of HIV is to abstain from sexual intercourse or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and you know is uninfected. "

And, for males who have sex with other males (gay men, those on the downlow, married men who tap their feet in toilet stalls of public men's rooms, etc.)--the CDC has the following:

The Dr.JAM word on safe sex; FULL BODY CONDOMS! Saving that using condoms correctly...

How to use a condom:

How to use a female condom:

Knowing your partner's HIV status, is only knowing it for that day that s/he was tested!


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