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Today is World AIDS Day. Check out the following websites to see what you can do to stop with epidemic. Click on the “heading” link, as well as the article link, because it will lead to that website’s section on AIDS. – their website is filled with all sorts of information, and even has an article about how our government is trying to stop our efforts to end the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. – filled with great ideas on how you can get involved. – had a whole newflash on World AIDS Day. Here’s an article about the number of young Americans contracting HIV/AIDS is on the rise. There’s also another article about China, and their AIDS problem.

The most important website I’ve found, was They sent out this amazing e-mail to those on their mailing list about World AIDS Day. They recommend that you “take a moment to honor those who have list their lives to this devastating disease by taking action.” We need to tell our legislators to invest in the wide variety of sectors that play a role in stopping the spead of HIV- including food security, microfinance, reproductive health and education. They need to focus on women in developing countries who are particulary vulnerable to HIV – those who are less able to negotiate sexual relations and victims of sexual violence and they need to allocate sufficient funds to comprehensive prevention efforts, and remove policy and budget restrictions such as the “abstinence-until-marriage” crap.

In 2003, the United States launched the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). This initiative has led to substantial increases in the total number of people receiving AIDS treatment, care, and HIV prevention information. The leadership demonstrated by PEPFAR has contributed significantly to the fight against AIDS globally but much more needs to be done. The current PEPFAR legislation is set to expire in 2008, and Congress soon will be hard at work authorizing a new bill, so please write your legislators today and tell them to support programs that address the social, economic and cultural reasons that make people vulnerable to HIV, not just programs that address the health dimension alone. Check out CARE‘s TAKE ACTION ON AIDS page and send a letter to your legislators today.

If you want to contact your legislators on your own, go to and enter your zip code into the appropriate box. They will list all your representatives from your country’s President to your state’s House of Delegates members and if you click on the person’s name, how to contact them. I prefer e-mailing or calling my representatives rather than hand writing a letter, but if you have a personal story to go along with your letter, I think hand writing would be the best way.


I really wish that these kinds of articles weren’t written. I mean, I wish that these kinds of events didn’t occur- controversy over sex ed???? I mean, hello! It’s your body, don’t you want to know what’s going on?? Don’t you want to know how to defend yourself from the deadly human immunodeficiency virus? Don’t you want your children, family, and friends to know how to defend themselves too? The “controversy” makes no sense..”It’s corrupting the children” my ass! You shouldn’t have the children paying for your stupidity. This also hits home because my dad’s side of the family is Indian/Sri Lankan.

Sex education creates storm in AIDS-stricken India

By Krittivas Mukherjee Mon Jul 16, 9:37 AM ET

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Moves to bring sex out of the closet in largely conservative India have kicked up a morality debate between educators who say sex education will reduce HIV rates, and critics who fear it will corrupt young minds.

It’s an emotive issue pitting modernists against conservatives in a country with the world’s highest number of HIV cases at about 5.7 million, a figure that experts say may balloon to over 20 million by 2010.

Biology teacher Thelma Seqeira infuriates conservatives in India every time she tells her students about masturbation, condoms and homosexuality.

Seqeira is doing exactly what India’s federal government wants the country’s 29 states and seven federally-administered regions to do — fight the exponential spread of HIV/AIDS with information on safe sex.

“Sex education is the best way to prepare my students for adolescence and protect them from HIV/AIDS,” said Seqeira, who teaches at a private school in Maharashtra state, western India.

But the governments of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh don’t agree. They have banned sex education at public schools because they say the learning modules are too explicit, and some pictures are too graphic.

Private schools are able to continue the lessons, but many have watered them down to avoid controversy.

The southern states of Kerala and Karnataka — considered among India’s progressive states with high literacy rates — are also considering bans.

The Indian government has been unable to stop these bans even as it seeks to curb the spread of HIV. In India, about 86 percent of HIV infections occur through sexual intercourse, one key reason being that migrant workers in cities visit prostitutes and infect their wives when they return home.


Ignorance about sex is widespread in the land of the Kama Sutra, where explicit sex acts are celebrated in ancient temple architecture.

But at home, mothers hesitate to talk to daughters about something as simple as menstruation, and even the basics of the human reproductive system are taught with much embarrassment in schools.

Experts are calling for a change in prudish attitudes to help counter the spread of HIV/AIDS. They say the winds of change must first blow through the country’s schools.

“Sex education does not mean you are encouraging sex which is how it’s interpreted,” Renuka Chowdhury, India’s minister for women and child development, told Reuters last month.

“Sex education is an insurance for your child. It will protect your child.”

Among the course elements that have generated much heat are discussions on homosexuality and descriptions of sex acts, including masturbation.

Proponents of the ban say the sex education course — modeled on those taught in many Western countries, will make students imbibe “decadent western morality.”

They point to polls showing that an increasing number of young people — mostly India’s moneyed youngsters that live in cities — have postponed marriage, but not sex.

An India Today poll revealed one in four Indian women between 18 and 30 in 11 cities had sex before marriage. One in three said she was open to having a sexual relationship even if she was not in love.

AIDS is spreading because of cultural decadence and sexual anarchy,” said Shajar Khan, a prominent student leader who opposes sex education at schools.

Analysts say conservative political parties, such as the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, India’s main opposition group, are panning sex education courses at least partly to make political capital out of opposing the West.

But for parents bringing up children in rapidly modernizing India, sex education may be a matter of life and death.

“The argument that if you teach about sex the children are going to run out and have sex is very unfounded,” said Roshni Behuria, a mother of two girls.

“Killing the education bit won’t reduce the propensity towards sex. But it just might end up killing safe-sex ignorant young people.”