January 7, 2009

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day


It appears that I may be doing some work for a client to publicize the fourth annual National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in March 2009. It is an effort to recognize the female face of HIV/AIDS in America. Since the epidemic began in the early 1980s, more than 200,000 women and girls in the United States have been diagnosed with AIDS, and over 90,000 have died with the disease.

In some parts of the world, HIV/AIDS predominately strikes women; globally, approximately half of all people living with HIV are female. Although that is not the case in the United States, women represent more than a quarter of all new annual HIV/AIDS diagnoses in this country. In 2005, nearly 10,000 U.S. women and adolescent girls (13 years of age and older) were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.

HIV/AIDS disproportionately affects women of color in the United States. For example, in 2004 AIDS was the leading cause of death for Black women ages 25 to 34. The following year, African Americans accounted for roughly two-thirds of the nearly 127,000 U.S. women living with HIV/AIDS, even though only 13 percent of U.S. women are African American. For Hispanic women living in the United States, HIV/AIDS is also a significant health issue. In 2005, Hispanic women were diagnosed with AIDS at more than five times the rate of white women in the United States.

Sex with an HIV-infected male partner is the leading mode of HIV transmission to women and adolescent girls. Approximately 80 percent of new female HIV/AIDS cases diagnosed in 2005 in the United States arose through heterosexual sex, and surveys suggest that many of the men involved did not know they were infected with HIV.

It is crucial for women to know both their own HIV status and the HIV status of their sexual partners. Hopefully, testing for HIV takes place during routine medical care for adolescents, adults and pregnant women. The early diagnosis of HIV not only has the potential to help prevent transmission by motivating infected people to modify their behavior, but also creates the opportunity to start treatment promptly, control the virus, make informed choices about childbearing and prolong life.

Tragically, some women find themselves in situations in which they lack the power to protect themselves from sexual transmission of HIV. They may be forced into sex, their male partners may refuse to wear condoms, or their partners may prevent them from using female condoms.

There are many ways women and girls can take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS:
  • get tested for HIV
  • practice safe methods to prevent HIV
  • decide not to engage in high risk behaviors
  • talk about HIV prevention with family, friends, and colleagues
  • provide support to people living with HIV/AIDS
  • get involved with or host an event for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in your community

Is this a message that resonates with the female villagers who visit my blog? Can you help raise the awareness of this issue in your sphere of influence over the coming days and weeks? What say u?

9 comments:

MacDaddy said...

Great post, Wayne. If the rate was that high for white women, we'd be hearing about this all the time. I applaud you for getting involved. I'm going to see how I can be supportive in my community. Thanks

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Hi there Villager,

There were many posts that appeared on many blogs last month for World AIDS Day.

I believe that the issue of AIDS/HIV transmission among black women in this country has many, many cultural layers that we really haven't even begun to unpeel...

There are unmet emotional needs that cause a level of desperation in black women that fuel exploitative emotional contracts being unheld with black men they choose to allow in their lives...these men often tell them that good black men are scarce and that they won't find anyone easily...

This is psychological warfare so that the woman will accept whatever relationship terms are presented to them...

Many women have settled for substitute love...men who are just passing through, getting sex, giving them minimal attention...these women do not ask their sexual partners about their sexual history.

If a man tells them his sexual history, the woman often does not take the time to fully investigate and verify what she is being told.

Loneliness drives many women to be less selective in their sexual behaviors...even women who don't see themselves as promiscuous or "loose". I encounter many women in the church setting who are utterly shocked to hear that women who have "illegitimate children" (yes, an archaic term!) by multiple men are often perceived as having low standards with men. "Really?!" they exclaim. It never crossed their minds that four children by four different men is perceived as a moral lapse...

I haven't even BEGUN to go into the issues about black male sexual behavior...

There are just so many issues, Villager, that we have to really delve into if we are serious about discussing women and AIDS in the black community.

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!
Lisa

Villager said...

MacDaddy - One thing we should all know is that our community will never be what it needs to be unless we start pulling the oars ourselves. We can no longer wait on others. My hope is to live out the principles of Kwanzaa 365 days a year through this blog. Anyhow, I'm glad you are motivated to action by this blog post...

LisaYou lay out many of the issues that impact our community when it comes to HIV/AIDS. I participated in the 'Day of Blogging' for World AIDS Day in 2007 and 2008. I hope to partipate in Feb 2009 when the national focus is on AIDS impact in Black community. Quite frankly, until this week I was unaware of this HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in March. I agree that our daughters and sisters need to understand more about this deadly disease and how to avoid it in the first place...

Julius said...

There is also studies that show a direct correlation between cities or town that have high incarceration rates of black men with high rates of HIV infection of black women. Great Post.- Julius

Villager said...

Julius - Get outta here?!? What possible correalation could exist between HIV/AID-women and Jail-men ???

Julius said...

Wayne, view this Data by David Alain Wohl, MD
University of North Carolina
Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)
Criminal Justice Working Group

docme.mc.duke.edu/presentations/Wohl.ppt

Its full of graphs and charts on the HIV and Incarceration epidemic. - Julius

Villager said...

Julius - Thank you for sharing the link to the research. I'm heading over to check it out...

Villager said...

All - I did get the contract! In these hard economic times ... it is nice to have a new client!

apostle said...

THE CURE for HIV/AIDS.......AMBUSH

THE IDEA that AMBUSH cures AIDS
is being proven by the more than 400 individuals who have taken a dose of 60 ml three times daily for 21 days. The result is that AMBUSH 'KILLS' the virus by causing the protein envelope to rupture and the viral particles are discarded by the white blood cells. AMBUSH is able to 'KILL' the virus that are 'hiding' in the lymph system by its 'natural radioactive' properties. This process allows the body to 'return to normal health' with a corresponding immunity to that or those strains of the virus.

What is AMBUSH ?
AMBUSH is a radioactive isotope of uranium that is found in the 'palm' plant of which there are more than 3000 species. When ingested, AMBUSH causes the body temperature in the trunk area to rise to about 102 degrees when the individual is sleeping. The preparation takes four hours per batch, which is then given to the individuals for consumption 60 ml three times daily for 21 days. AMBUSH is a herbal preparation in this form but it contains an active ingredient which is a 'NEW' crystalline substance, a drug from the 'palm plant' similarly to ASPIRIN originating from the willow tree bark

RESULTS:
After 21 days on AMBUSH, ALL the individuals experienced a decrease in viral load to undetectable, an increase in cd4, increase in RBC, an improvement in general health such as more color to the face, decrease in Buffalo hump, an increase in gluteal muscles, a decrease to having no joint pains whereby individuals can bend to touch their toes, and walk up steps are but a few examples. There is also a dramatic increase in their sexual appetite beginning after the first week of therapy

DISCUSSION:
In any plant concoction such as percolated 'tea', there are 30-40,000 compounds, whi ch would take the scientific community twenty years to isolate one particular ingredient if they knew what they were looking for. The LORD GOD has given me seven steps to isolate the active ingredient, which is soft and metallic in nature and has a carbon- uranium-sulfur-(classified)-phentolamine configuration or structure. This is similar to Federick Kekule and the discovery of the benzene ring where he dreamt the structure.

As an antiviral and 'natural radioactivity' producing agent, AMBUSH is also effective against leukemia, lupus and HPV. Here I am saying that I have 'GIVEN' AMBUSH in the same 'strength' and dosage to patients with leukemia, lupus and HPV. A 35 year old male with HIV found it difficult to impossible to urinate was put on 'green tea' and water while the doctors contemplated prostrate surgery. One of the doctors gave him my number , I sent him a supply of AMBUSH an d he has not been given any more ARV's, since taking AMBUSH 18 months ago, is in 'good' health and has expressed a willingness to be examined by HIV investigators like many others who have taken AMBUSH.

I have sent this 'IDEA' to most HIV research agencies, scientist of the field, universities, hospitals, clinics, politicians and news agencies to which it is REJECTED because the name of THE LORD GOD is mentioned. He has steered me scientifically through the processes such as which plant and how to produce the active ingredient. What are the odds of a Florida Pharmacist picking a plant would contain the CURE for HIV/AIDS ?
I have never charged any of the people for their supply of AMBUSH but a life saving has been spent on the project with NO renumeration from any sources because AMBUSH falls outside the walls of modern medicine and research.

PROPOSAL:

My proposal is that I PROVE that AMBUSH CURES HIV/AIDS by giving it to a number of END-STAGE or DRUG-RESISTANT people and the scientific community watches their recovery. This proposal addresses the problem in that I have already outlaid the results to be obtained.

This IDEA is unconventional in that the scientific community has rejected AMBUSH because I say it is GOD given. Secondly if I wrote it according to certain standards, then it might be peer reviewed. However, THE LORD GOD has also shown me that there are five enzyme systems associated with the virus, reverse transcriptase, protease, fusion and two more of which causes the virus to be AIRBOURNE. This means that without DIVINE intervention mankind and ALL warm- blooded mammals will be extinct in a number of years.

The PROOF of what I am saying is found in scientific papers wherein it is found that when the protease cuts the viral strands, it cuts it at DIFFERENT lengths EVERY time, to which it should always be a valine at the end but is a different amino acid every time. This is why it is IMPOSSIBLE to produce a VACCINE.

Since this is NOT a hypothesis but there are about 400 individuals who have taken AMBUSH, here lies a vast area in which to check, recheck and confirm that AMBUSH CURES AIDS. Let it be mentioned that during the HIV reproductive cycle, reverse transcriptase converts viral RNA into DNA compatible to human genetic materials. Thus the human DNA has been 'hijacked' and since each person has a DIFFERENT DNA, then the new viral copy is unique to that person which shows that each individual has a DIFFERENT STRAIN of the virus. Consider two HIV positive people swapping viral strains and increasing its complexity with multiple partners.
It can also be proposed that they be revisited as proof that the strain or strains that they had were 'killed' at the time of taking AMBUSH considering that a person can catch as many different strains as there are people who are infected by HIV.
I am also willing to work with the scientific community in identifying those individuals who took AMBUSH and wish to be identified with this process notwithstanding that some are stigmatized while others are jubilant,

Once AMBUSH is verified as being able to accomplish that which is aforementioned then the next stage might be the natural and artificial synthesis of the substance.

Finally, if this is accepted or not, believed or not, THE LORD GOD always wins and this is the heavenly truth to which AMBUSH was divinely given to mankind for the CURE of HIV/AIDS and it will be here forever. Apostle Shada Mishe.

apostleshadamishe@gmail.com

Here is a video taped presentation that I gave at t he Martin Luther King library in Washington

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V53D1w__Po
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPwuwlVBOV0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZejptOwMTzQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqcTgIAhrhc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7HPKcT_iwY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9iQfgiYAnw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3RzRS6tJDM