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HIV: the virus that changed the sexual behavior

Posted by: webmaster on Thursday, May 13, 2004 - 09:22 _PRINTPrinter friendly page  _EMAILFRIENDSend this story to a friend
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Currently, the AIDS pandemic sticks out as the foremost obstacle for a comprehensive sexuality in the Contemporary Society. Prevention strategies promote the utilization of preservatives, strict quality control of the blood banks, the distribution of sterilized syringes, along with access to unbiased information.

According to the United Nations 40 million people are contaminated by HIV/AIDS in the whole world. Formerly, there were groups branded as risky constituted basically by homosexuals and drug addicts. That was then. In the aftermath of the last 20 years since its first known case, AIDS gets the buzz of behavioral risk. This is now. It boils down to low preservative usage. Heterosexual relations without condoms are the fastest lane for cross-infection.

It’s among teenagers that this elusive illness spreads unmercifully. Contaminated young people arrive at around 11,8 millions. Something like six thousand infected people o­n a daily basis. Its half corresponds to people anywhere between 15 to 24 years of age. Certainly, these appalling figures cause impact o­n the sexuality’s way of life. Specialists pointed to the lack of information, as the main culprit of the AIDS pandemic. An intense sexual interaction stemmed from a sense of invulnerability seasoned with a loath for preservatives sets the scenario for the adolescent sexuality to push the boundaries of cross-infection.

Sexual transmission is such a beaten track for this vile infectious disease. The o­nly effective prevention method known is wearing condoms. This safe procedure prevents the exchange of body fluids by which thrives the HIV virus. Frankly, sensitizing or counseling youth isn’t such an easy task, mostly when it comes to sexuality. It requests communication skills, a specific language mode.

Intercourse without condom is like treading o­n a thin line. But there are situations by which the contamination risk increases: through the receptive anal relation; during the menstrual period; and if a partner has another sexually transmitted disease. So, guys, take care and pay heed to your sexual liaisons, especially now, enjoying the plenitude of your sexuality.

You don’t get AIDS from:

- Sharing glasses;
- Using the same restroom;
- Kissing and hugging;
- Blood donation;
- Bed sharing;
- O­n bus seats;
- Insect bites;
- Sharing cutlery.

You contract AIDS

- Through risky sexual behaviors;
- Sharing needles and syringes;
- Blood contact.

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