Saturday, 1 December 2007

'Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise - Leadership'

I know in some circles it's regarded as the celebrity disease due to the number of high profile people endorsing campaigns to combat AIDS.

In Malaysia, the problems still exist. The misconception that only homosexuals, drug addicts and promiscuous people get it has to be nipped in the bud.

Some sobering trivia:

15,000 children have already been made orphans by AIDS in Malaysia, and the country is on the brink of an AIDS epidemic, the World Health Organization has said.

The Health Ministry has identified 64,000 people with HIV or AIDS, but government officials and the United Nations fear that the number of HIV cases is closer to 300,000.

In Malaysia, addressing the problem of drug abuse is an important step in the fight against AIDS because 75 percent of those with HIV or AIDS are drug users, according to the Malaysian AIDS Council, a nongovernmental AIDS group.

To fight this war, stop moralising.

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