Students with their faces painted with messages pose during an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign to mark the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, in Chandigarh, India, May 20, 2018. REUTERS/Ajay Verma - RC1254713E10

Two weeks ago, last night, or in a few hours, new cases of individuals who engage in risky unprotected sex will become infected with HIV/Aids.  According to Global HIV & AIDS statistics, 37.6 million were living with HIV in 2020; 1 million people died from AIDS in 2020.  And the report gives grim numbers saying that 5000 individuals ages 15 to 24 years old will become HIV-positive every week.

A false campaign that promotes sexual liberation where anything goes is the norm.  The sultrier we are with our sexual vulgarness, the increased clout. Simply put, explicit novelty is in demand.

The Journal of Sex Research March 3, 2016 publication said 47 percent of women and 60 percent of men took delight in thoughts about dominating someone sexually. While a good percentage of adults said they wanted to try nontraditional sex —33.9 percent said they’d did so at least once in the past.

Novelist E. L. James’s book Fifty Shades of Grey (sold more than 100 million copies) broadcasted the message that lethargic lovemaking was pale in comparison to boiling sizzling graphic sex. 

Former basketball great Ervin “Magic” Jonson was a sexual radical.  By the time he announced his retirement on November 7, 1991, due to testing HIV positive, Johnson, who has been living with HIV for over 25 years, said he had unprotected sex with hundreds of women while ignoring the consequences.

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Although Larry Dunn wasn’t a recognized name, to Cicely Lee Bolden he brought enough fireworks that she was content playing the role of mistress.  Dunn and Bolden had ongoing sex when she finally confessed to him her HIV-positive status. 

Fearing that he caught the illness, in September 2012, Dunn told Dallas law enforcement that he had unprotected sex with Bolden for the last time before murdering her. “She killed me, so I killed her,” he said during a video interview with the police. Dunn took a knife and cut her neck. “She didn’t see it until it was in her throat. She wasn’t very strong,” he said during his police interrogation. What’s sad about the story is that Dunn never tested positive. Who Play the Numbers Game

 Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) weakens the immune system.  HIV is complicated because of its deception.  For example, an HIV-person can look robust. And while two people person A and B, can show each other negative test results before having unprotected sex.  Person A could have had unprotected sex with person C a week before whose HIV-positive.  Then person A continues unprotected sex with person B because they both tested negative although person A has just become infected without knowing.

Having an HIV diagnosis can wreak havoc. There have been countless stories of the infected person’s dishonesty despite blatant deception.   Who Play the Numbers Game

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Boxer Tommy Morrison was riding high in the early 1990s.  Morrison played Tommy Gun in Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky V.  He had captured a world title and was next in line to face boxing icon, Mike Tyson.  However, in 1996, Morrison retired after testing positive for HIV.  He said he had unprotected sex with hundreds of women.   Danna Morrison said her son knew about his status in 1989. Yet he continued to fight big-name boxers such as George Foreman in 1993 in a match that was a bloody war in which Morrison got the victory.   Morrison passed away in 2013 at the age of 44. Who Play the Numbers Game

Tommy Morrison

What type of sex makes you more vulnerable to HIV?

Oral Sex

The chances of getting HIV from unprotected oral Sex is low unless an HIV-positive partner ejaculates in the non-HIV person’s mouth or comes into contact with bleeding gums, or the person has oral ulcer or ulcers on their genitals.

Vaginal Sex

HIV can enter a woman’s body during vaginal Sex because of the mucous membranes that line the vagina and cervix. Men get HIV through the opening at the tip of the penis (or urethra), the foreskin if the penis isn’t circumcised, minor cuts, scratches, or open sores anywhere on the penis. Who Play the Numbers Game

Anal Sex

Anal Sex is the riskiest when HIV is a concern. The mucous lining of the anus is more delicate than that of the vagina.  Damaged mucosa provides an easy route to spread the virus.

Deep, Open-Mouth Kissing

Although rare, transmission can occur if both partners have sores or bleeding gums and the blood from the partner with HIV gets into the bloodstream of the HIV-negative partner. However, HIV is not transmitted through closed-mouth or “social” kissing and is not transmitted through saliva.

Needles

Sharing a needle or syringe for any use, including injecting drugs under the skin (skin popping), steroids, hormones, or silicone, can put you at risk of getting HIV.

So, what can help?

Condoms

Condoms provide the most effective protection against the transmission of HIV.

PrEP

Non-infected persons can take an HIV drug called Truvada daily to fight their chances of acquiring HIV.

Anti-viral medication

Anti-retroviral therapy (ART) can slow the disease’s progress. In fact, the risk of getting HIV is cut down by 96 percent when a proactive approach by the HIV-person is followed and this consists of a medication routine.

There is no cure for HIV.  And because the illness isn’t paid much attention to in the media nowadays, there’s false security.  For many, they assume that if they get the disease what’s to fret given that it might take decades to fill the full effects—death. 

 Dr. Chris Beyrer, with Johns Hopkins Medicine, told author By Carol Pearson, “We are not done with AIDS. It is much too early to declare victory, and the risks of a resurgent epidemic are real.” 

There is a way to stop HIV/Aids and that is through awareness and prevention.  

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