My story with the main action a ten-day marathon against AIDS. About the good deeds we tell in “StarHit” and “Let them say” continually, but only on the fingers of one hand can count those officials and public figures who said thank you.
After my participation in the nationwide “Stop HIV/AIDS” organizer of the event, the President of Fund socially-cultural initiatives Svetlana Medvedeva immediately called, sincerely thanked for the assistance and caring of the human position. Seizing the initiative of the world health organisation, annually conducting at the end of may Day of remembrance of people who died from AIDS, the Fund Svetlana decided to patronize the ten-day marathon, a key event of which was the open student forum.
In the classroom, the University, where I participated in the “round table” and live broadcast at the 30 universities of the country, the wife of Dmitry Medvedev noted that, although in today’s Russia, the development of health prioritize the issue of HIV/AIDS, particularly among youth, remains very sharp. “The number of people infected increasing every day. This, of course, a matter of national security and a real tragedy for the country,” she said. The sea of red ribbons – the international symbol of the struggle with the terrible disease, swayed, questions from the participants of the forum have been pouring in.
Is there really AIDS or is it a global conspiracy of pharmaceutical companies to market their drugs? How to protect from HIV is a condom, if the size of the pores in the latex from which it is made, more sizes of the virus? What behavior can be considered risky? Who should be tested for HIV? Can HIV-positive spouses to have a healthy baby? How to convince others that in everyday life or in ordinary conversation, people living with HIV is not dangerous for them? Students were interested in everything.
Even I, who read a mountain of material on the subject, I learned that, it turns out that most people have “seronegative window” – the period from 3 to 6 weeks during which antibodies to HIV are produced, but not yet detected, and transmission can occur in all segments of this period. Therefore, the tests, commissioned soon after unprotected sex can nothing to show. But if you go to the doctors during the day, your risk can be reduced by almost 90 percent, in service of doctors is already acute, this disease medications. Repeated experts and obvious truth – hugs and handshakes to the acquisition of the human immunodeficiency virus does not lead (dialogue, held in Saint-Petersburg state University, was called – “HIV is not transmitted through friendship”).
Sick people, and just this year we have identified more than a hundred thousand infected, it is impossible to discriminate, the epidemic has long gone beyond the “at risk”, to fill up the sad statistics can be anyone who is irresponsible about their health. Even if the parents have HIV, in the provision of timely assistance to children the virus may not cross. Terrible diagnosis today is in any case not a sentence: modern therapy allows you to transfer this once deadly disease into a chronic, manageable medical control.