I’ve just heard on the news that new cases of AIDS (in average) are decreasing worldwide. China is the country where new cases of AIDS are increasing a lot.
AIDS: Acquired immune deficiency syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS or Aids) is a set of symptoms and infections resulting from the damage to the human immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This condition progressively reduces the effectiveness of the immune system and leaves individuals susceptible to opportunistic infections and tumors. HIV is transmitted through direct contact of a mucous membrane or the bloodstream with a bodily fluid containing HIV, such as blood, semen, vaginal fluid, preseminal fluid, and breast milk. This transmission can involve anal, vaginal or oral sex, blood transfusion, contaminated hypodermic needles, exchange between mother and baby during pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding, or other exposure to one of the above bodily fluids.
Of course knowing that AIDS new cases are increasing more slower now, this is not a relief, we have to spread the word about prevention and AIDS awareness.
Having two kids makes me really worry about AIDS. Although I haven’t started with detail information about AIDS with my son (9) I intend to. This Christmas he will receive a book about sexual life where in a very understandable and easy language all the details about human body and sex itself are presented to kids aged 9 to 13. For me this will be the first step for a extra help while explaining the grown-up subjects that are also little people matters.
The second step will be the explanation about all the sexual transmissible diseases. AIDS awareness will be a priority since nowadays kids start their sexual life too soon (in my opinion of course).
As a mother I’m concerned and I think this is a subject we have to talk with our kids in a natural way, not hidding anything from them so that they truly understand the seriousness of the disease and be aware of the prevention that can be done.