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"At first I didn't want to go to the support group
because I was afraid and ashamed of what the people
would think about me,“
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“…have an excuse to disappear , to pass in secret. Your mama thought she’s spare you shame.”
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Works citedC.M. “C.M.” Stories from around the World. AVERT: AVERTing HIV and AIDS, n.d. Web. 25 Oct. 2010. <http://www.avert.org/aids-
hiv-stories.htm#tab-14>. C.M. is a woman who has a problem with promiscuity and because of it she obtained HIV/AIDS.
She has to deal with telling her current partner of her condition. Each story given had to be individually submitted. So all
the information is about the individual person. The website is credible because I checked up on the organization that the
story was sent to. This enhanced my understanding because some people cannot help how they get HIV/AIDS but she did it
to herself by sleeping around carelessly. I have to understand that some people are not honest, but at the same time, some
people do not ask enough questions.
Fenton, Kevin, Dr. “Scientists Say a Gel Can Slow HIV Spread.” Interview by Ira Flatow. Talk of the Nation: Science Friday. Global
Issues In Context, 23 July 2010. Web. 31 Oct. 2010. <http://find.galegroup.com/gic/retrieve.do?contentSet=IAC-
discuss a gel that has the potential to slow the spread of HIV after sexual intercourse. I found this interview on Global
Issues in Context, but it was originally from NPR. I went to NPR to make sure it was actually there. Then I briefly searched
the information discussed to check the credibility. This interview opened my eyes to the possibility of slowing the disease.
Previously I thought there was not way to slow or stop HIV once it was contracted, but now I think otherwise.
Kamatoto, Bernhard. “Bernhard.” Stories from around the World. AVERT: AVERTing HIV and AIDS, n.d. Web. 25 Oct. 2010.
<http://www.avert.org/aids-hiv-stories.htm#tab-16>. A resident boxer living in Sub-Sahran Africa come down with AIDS
and had to learn that just because you are healthy, you can still get HIV/AIDS. Instead of hiding. Bernhard is speaking out
and broadcasting his illness. Each story given had to be individually submitted. So all the information is about the individual
person. The website is credible because I checked up on the organization that the story was sent to. This story enhanced
my understanding because Bernhard is one of the few people that share the condition. And he used his celebrity spotlight
to his advantage. Kapitako, Alvine. “Ex boxer living positively with HIV ‘... I do not think of dying but rather how I will serve
the nation...’” Southern Times 2 May 2010: n. pag. Web. 8 Nov. 2010. <http://www.southerntimesafrica.com/article.php?
%85’&id=3656>. This was an interview peroformed by Alvine Kapitako asking Bernhard Kamatoto about his discovery of
HIV. He just talks about the steps he went through to cope and his reaction to the illness. This is an inline newspaper. It
comes directly from the SOuth Africa region, which is where Kamatoto lives. This allows me to get a more realistic point of
view on his situation. Now I can feel the emotion instead if just reading what he says.
Malaika. “Malaika.” HIV and AIDS Stories from Friends and Family of Positive Peopl of. AVERT: AVERTing HIV and AIDS, n.d. Web.
25 Oct. 2010. <http://www.avert.org/friend-hiv.htm#tab-13>. Malakai is a brother who loves his sister dearly and when she
started becoming sick he was too worried about the custom of respecting elders. When she finally saw the symptoms
medicine was too late to help her. I found this story on an organization website. Each individual person had to post their
own story and each person poured their heart for others to hear. This source is valuable because I checked up on the
information it gave. This submission helped me understand that families do care. In my book I got the impression that if
you brought shame to the family, you would be a shame to them too. Sometimes traditional customs can get in the way of
Masina, Zandile. “Zandile Masina: Home Care Volunteer on ARV’s.” The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis
and Malaria. The Global Fund, n.d. Web. 25 Oct. 2010.
Zandile is infected with HIV and she is now taking drugs to get it under control. She spends her time
volunteering for others who are struggling more than her.I evaluated the source by checking out the
organization. This particular source came from a guy who went to Saziland and took people’s photo and
allowed them to tell their story. Pictures are said to be worth 1000 words and she had four, all showing
her hard work. This specific lady helped me understand how even in time of sickness people are still
willing to give more. I first thought that towns would shun those who had AIDS not help them. However, I
am glad to hear that people out there are considerate passionate.
Stratton, Allan. Chanda’s Secrets. Ed. Barbara Pulling. Toronto: Annick, 2004. Print. Chanda’s Secrets is a novel
loosely based on the affects of AIDS on women and children. Even though this book is a novel it is still
credible. The author, Allan Stratton, has had personal experiences with the issues that he wrote about in
the book. Not only does he have personal knowledge but his editors would have made sure his writing
was correct before publishing. This enhanced my understanding because before reading the novel I had
very limited knowledge on the affects of AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa.
- - -. Personal interview. 29 Oct. 2010. Allan Stratton, the author of Chanda’s Secrets explains the reasoning for
not writing about a specific country. He did not want to make it seem that it was only happening in one
place, therefore he wrote about the general Sub-Saharan Area. I feel that he is a credible source, first
because I talked directly to him via skype. Second, he has actually been to Botswana and first hand saw
the things that go on there. At first it did confuse me how it wasn’t set in a specific part, but after
explaining why, it totally makes sense. I also think his reasoning was very smart and logical. “Sub-Saharan
Africa AIDS and HIV Statistics.” AVERTing HIV and AIDS. AVERT, 2009. Web. 31 Oct. 2010.
<http://www.avert.org/africa-hiv-aids-statistics.htm>. A table showing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa
and statistics relating to HIV/AIDS. The statistics include number of people living with HIV/AIDS, deaths
related to HIV/AIDS, orphans due to HIV/AIDS, as well as other statistics. I think this site is credible for
many reasons. For one it is maintained by a reliable source. Also the information presented can be
checked and backed up with information from other trusted websites. This greatly impacted my
impression of HIV/AIDS in Africa. The statistics shown really put into perspective the severity of the issue.
Total Contributions 2009. Chart. Donora. UNAIDS, n.d. Web. 1 Nov. 2010.
<http://www.unaids.org/en/Partnerships/Donors/default.asp>. A chart of total donations to UNAIDS in
2009. This is a reliable chart because UNAIDS is a credible website, but also because there is other outside
charts supporting the information.The chart give concrete numbers that show the enormous amount of
money donated a year to helping. This has helped me understand how HIV/AIDS is a truly universal