Did You Know?

DID YOU KNOW….

…THAT A SINGLE DOSE OF NEVARAPINE COULD HALF THE NUMBER OF BABIES BORN HIV+, AND A FULL COURSE OF ARV’S TAKEN BY A PREGNANT WOMAN COULD ALMOST ELIMINATE IT ALTOGETHER?

…THAT IN DEVELOPED COUNTRIES; HIV IS NOW VIEWED AS A MANAGEABLE DISEASE, SIMILAR TO DIABETES?

…THAT THE ONLY WAY TO CONTRACT HIV IS THROUGH THE DIRECT EXCHANGE OF BODY FLUIDS?

…THAT YOU CAN NOT CONTRACT THE HIV VIRUS THROUGH CASUAL CONTACT – SHARING CUPS, FOOD OR DRINK, KISSING, ETC ?

…THAT HIV IS A BLOOD BORN DISEASE, AND NOT AN AIR BORNE DISEASE, WHICH MEANS HIV CAN NOT BE SPREAD THROUGH TEARS, SALIVA, SWEAT, URINE OR FECES, NOR THROUGH ANY TYPE OF BUG BITE?

 …THAT IT IS ENTIRELY POSSIBLE TO ADOPT BABIES AND/OR CHILDREN WHO ARE LIVING WITH HIV?

…THAT MANY FAMILIES IN THE US, CANADA, AND WESTERN EUROPE HAVE ADOPTED BABIES OR CHILDREN WHO ARE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS?  

…THAT THE LIFE EXPECTANCY FOR CHILDREN WHO DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO ARV’S (SUCH AS IN MOST PARTS OF AFRICA) IS UNDER 10 YEARS?

…THAT IN RESOURCE POOR SETTINGS, 1/3 OF THE BABIES WHO ARE BORN HIV+, 1/3 WILL DIE BEFORE THEY REACH THE AGE OF ONE, 1/2 WILL DIE BEFORE THEY REACH THE AGE OF TWO, AND ALMOST ALL WILL DIE BEFORE SEEING THEIR FIFTH BIRTHDAY?

…THAT THE LIFE EXPECTANCY FOR CHILDREN WHO DO HAVE ACCESS TO ARV’S (SUCH AS IN CANADA, THE US AND WESTERN EUROPE) IS ALMOST THE SAME AS THOSE NOT LIVING WITH HIV?     

…THAT THERE HAS ONLY BEEN ONE DOCUMENTED CASE OF A CHILD TRANSMITTING THE HIV VIRUS TO ANOTHER CHILD IN A HOME, SCHOOL OR CHURCH SETTING. ONE. THIS ONE CASE WAS IN ENGLAND – BOTH CHILDREN WERE HEMOPHELIACS AND ONE WAS ALSO HIV+ AND IT IS SUSPECTED THAT THEY WERE SHARING A RAZOR.

…THAT AT THE END OF 2008, THERE WERE 2.1 MILLION CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS?

…AN ESTIMATED 430,000 CHILDREN BECAME INFECTED WITH HIV IN 2008?

…OF THE 2 MILLION PEOPLE WHO DIES OF AIDS DURING 2008, MORE THAN 1 IN 7 WERE CHILDREN?

…THAT EVERY HOUR, APPROXIMATELY 31 CHILDREN (MAINLY IN RESOURCE POOR SETTINGS) DIE AS A RESULT OF AIDS?

…THAT SINETHEMBA MEANS “WE HAVE HOPE” IN ISIZULU?

…THAT KWAZULU NATAL IN SOUTH AFRICA IS KNOWN AS THE “HEART OF THE HIV/AIDS PANDEMIC”, AS IT IS ESTIMATED THAT OVER 34% OF PEOPLE ARE INFECTED WITH HIV/AIDS?

…THAT SINETHEMBA WAS CREATED TO SUPPORT, EDUCATE AND PROVIDE RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES WHO ARE CONSIDERING ADOPTING CHILDREN LIVING WITH HIV?

     

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  1. I would like to know the resources that the above stat about HIV not being transmitted in a home setting except for one time. I have a reluctant husband with adopting an HIV+ child and I’m having trouble finding resources to support the claim that HIV is not transmitted in a family setting. He is concerned about our current children “catching” HIV from an HIV+ child.

    Thanks for any helpful information.

    God Bless,
    Amy Land

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