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  1. 1. Aids By: Alexis Ensley-Gregg
  2. 2. Why I choose this topic? <ul><li>I choose this topic because I have this group that I go to every Tuesday at 6:00-8:00, and we talk about preventing H.I.V and AIDS, we also raise money to help people who have these diseases , we also put money towards creating a cure. I choose this topic because this is so important to me and it disgusts me that aids is the 2 nd most killer disease in Africa. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Background Information <ul><li>One thing that I already knew was that aids is the second most killer disease and the first is malaria. </li></ul><ul><li>Another thing that I already knew was that people in Africa aren’t very educated so they don’ t know any better about what aids are and what they do. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What are AIDS? <ul><li>(acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is the final and most serious stage of HIV disease, which causes severe damage to the immune system. By sexual contact or contaminated hypodermic needles . </li></ul>
  5. 5. Imagine your life this way…. <ul><li>You get up in the morning and breakfast with your three kids. One is already doomed to die in infancy. Your husband works 200 miles away, comes home twice a year and sleeps around in between. You risk your life in every act of sexual intercourse. You go to work past a house where a teenager lives alone taking care of young siblings without any source of income. </li></ul><ul><li>At another house, the wife was known as a whore when she asked her husband to use a condom, beaten silly and thrown into the streets. Over there lies a man desperately sick without access to a doctor or clinic or medicine or food or blankets or even a kind word. At work you eat with some associates, and every third one is already fatally ill. You whisper about a friend who admitted she had the plague and whose neighbors stoned her to death. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Imagine your life this way…(continued) <ul><li>Across the southern quadrant of Africa, this nightmare is real. The word not spoken is AIDS, and here at ground zero of humanity's deadliest cataclysm, the ultimate tragedy is that so many people don't know — or don't want to know — what is happening. </li></ul><ul><li>Your freedom of demand is occupied by the funerals you attend every Saturday. You go to bed fearing adults your age will not live into their 40s. You and your neighbors and your political and popular leaders act as if nothing is happening. </li></ul>
  7. 7. My essential question: How did aids become such a problem in Africa? <ul><li>Even though this is just a myth, I think it is the most reasonable one I’ve found. It has to do with the legacy of the past, of colonialism, of apartheid, that broke up families. Where the men would be working in the mines, or in other parts on the continent on plantations for the 11 months, living in hostels. Where their own identity and self esteem would be broken, where woman are not in control of their sexuality. Where it is hard to say NO. </li></ul>
  8. 8. How do we stop the aids problem? <ul><li>What we need to do to stop the aids problem is tackle social causes in the fight against aids. If we don’t change which is acceptable as behavior as norms in society, we will not be able to stop this epidemic. Change can occur. The good news is that many countries have demonstrated that it is possible to be successful in the fight against aids. That is so important because it proves that we can do it, aids in so many cases reveals fault lines in societies. It exposes injustice but we now have to use it to over come injustices. </li></ul>
  9. 9. RESOURCES!!!!! <ul><li>WWW.AVERT.COM </li></ul><ul><li>WWW.EARTHSKY.COM </li></ul><ul><li>WWW.TIME.COM </li></ul><ul><li>WWW.WELTHUNGERLIFE.COM </li></ul><ul><li>WWW.STUTZFAMILY.COM </li></ul><ul><li>WWW.POSTNEWSLINE.COM </li></ul><ul><li>WWW.INTERNATIONAL.UCLA.EDU </li></ul>
  10. 10. This is how people in Africa with aids are living. This is what they have to deal with.