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How would you feel? How would you feel if you saw a four-year-old girl have to watch her mother die a slow painful death from AIDS? Well this is what millions of children face everyday living in Africa. Do you ever stop and think about how lucky you are to live a happy and healthy life or do you just take it for granted? An estimated 25 million adults and children are living with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa, and AIDS has orphaned an estimated twelve million children. HIV/AIDS is one of the biggest challenges the world faces today. The rate of infection is quickly increasing and more and more people are getting ill and dying from AIDS related illnesses. Of all the people living with AIDS in the world, it is now estimated that 6 out of every 10 men, 8 out of every 10 women and 9 out of every 10 children live in Africa. South Africa has one of the fastest growing rates of infection in the world. This is all because there is not enough money to teach these people about contraception and safe sex. Also, cultural beliefs play a part in women's rules in society. ...read more.


Most of the people who are dying are between the ages of 20 and 45, which is an age when most people are workers and parents. This has serious consequences for African economies and the development of these countries. AIDS can affect anyone. Even you. People in the United Kingdom are contracting the disease and it is becoming more and more widespread even among the young. Why are 85 percent of sexually active teens not using condoms? They ride the subways, don't they? They learn about AIDS in school, right? It is the same old problem; no one wants to talk about teens having sex. However, it is clear that AIDS is spreading faster to people who live in poverty and lack access to education, basic health services, nutrition and clean water. Young people and women are the most vulnerable. Women are often powerless to insist on safe sex and easily become infected by HIV positive partners. These powerless women cannot run to the police and shout rape as the problem is too big. It is happening everyday. What about the helpless children who are raped and contract HIV/AIDS so young? What chance do they have in life? ...read more.


SO next time just think about the people in Africa and around the world who do not have these luxuries and are just concerned whether they may live or die. It is the responsibility of every individual to support the fight against AIDS. That means you. Not the person sitting next to you, or who lives over the road from you, or the person who delivers your post in the morning. But you! So instead of sitting on your bum night after night watching your favourite soaps or playing your latest computer game why do not you think about those helpless orphans in Africa struggling to feed themselves and do something about it. Why don't you try to get your school to bring awareness about HIV/AIDS to your local community. Get those ignorant people to see the struggle people face everyday in Africa and to appreciate how lucky they are. Get your school to sponsor a child in Africa to give them the best chance in life just like you take for granted. Do a sponsored walk, wear fancy dress or even a sponsored silence. These little things could make a big difference to a family or a child living in Africa. ?? ?? ?? ?? Laura Baxter U62 ...read more.

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