In observance of World AIDS Day on December 1, I’m reposting Kuya Tino‘s interview with News5 discussing about the present HIV/AIDS situation in the Philippines. Although the interview was conducted in 2014, what the resource person shared about HIV/AIDS remain relevant up to this day. Please listen to the short clip. Thanks.
What Is HIV?
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks cells that help the body fight infection, making a person more vulnerable to other infections and diseases. It is spread by contact with certain bodily fluids of a person with HIV, most commonly during unprotected sex (sex without a condom or HIV medicine to prevent or treat HIV), or through sharing injection drug equipment.
If left untreated, HIV can lead to the disease AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).
What Is AIDS?
AIDS is the late stage of HIV infection that occurs when the body’s immune system is badly damaged because of the virus.
In the absence of HIV/AIDS vaccine, people must learn the simple steps or the ABCs of AIDS Prevention:
A – Abstain B – Be faithful C – Condom use
World AIDS Day, designated on 1 December every year since 1988, is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease. Wikipedia
Woman have long been a force for good in society, and their power is growing all the time. Women are now playing a much greater role in the workforce as well as in the political realm, and they are bringing positive changes everywhere they become a presence. The reality is that woman have a special part to play in society, as their inner strength and open, nurturing hearts can make a real difference in the greater culture. With all of this, however, comes the need for women to have support in what they do.
Women have always supported each other through their ability to share and speak from the heart. They hold their families together through their warmth and their ability to understand other people’s needs. By giving so much, however, some women do sometimes neglect themselves. All of this is why women need to take the time to care for themselves and to give some nurturing to themselves. Giving to others takes patience and energy, and some women who neglect their own needs (which is a big danger for those who constantly give to others) run the risk of getting burned out physically and emotionally. All of this is why it’s so important for women to have support from others for their spiritual needs on an ongoing basis.
Today there are many workshops and support groups available for women who need an extra dose of love and Christian companionship. Christian women’s groups exist to give back to the women who give so much to others on a regular basis. If you are a woman who is in need of real support and teaching from other women who share your Christian walk, don’t be afraid to seek out a group in your area. Bonding with others who share your core beliefs is important, and it can help you stay strong in your own beliefs. So if you are feeling in need of support, know that it is available.
Gun control is a controversial issue. People have complex opinions about the subject. It is true that there are people who want laws enacted that will make it very difficult to even have a gun, while other people do not want to see any new legislation at all. The following are a few of the ideas that people have about gun control.
Limiting the most dangerous weapons
These include assault rifles that critics claim should not be interpreted as a right to bear arms. These are military weapons and no citizen needs one in order to defend themselves. There has been some success by Congress to ban these weapons, but it was only a temporary ban that has expired. Citizens can now purchase assault rifles at the time of this writing.
People from this school of thought believe that the right to bear arms is something that will never be circumvented, but they believe that the way to reduce gun violence in the country is to license the bullets used for the guns. To date, there hasn’t been as many people who have joined the ranks of the ammunition regulators, but those that believe this is the way to solve the problem are passionate about it.
Better education and safety
Learning how to properly fire a weapon as well as the proper storage and security of a gun is something that gun advocates believe will keep gun violence to a minimum. There is no reason to start taking away guns or prevent their sale to lawfully abiding citizens. There are plenty of laws on the books right now. We only need to start enforcing these laws. Many people who have opinions along these lines often do not trust those who advocate for gun control. Believing that the ultimate goal of those who want gun restrictions is to ban all guns. However, a right to bear arms is clearly a right contained in the second amendment.
Some gun control advocates are looking for small victories in the gun control battle. They are simply looking for everyone to undergo a background check before making a purchase. This would help to keep guns out of the hands of felons and those who may have mental problems. However, critics point out that there are seldom any specifics given for how these background checks would work with private purchases.