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PSYCHOanalytical
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I thought it was pretty amazing to see this sort of news coverage of the HIV issue, especially when most of the stories or information that I hear comes from Africa or America.

Basically, the segment covered heterosexual women who'd contracted HIV, and briefly talked about their prognoses and treatment, family, relationships, reactions from strangers, a tiny bit about how the virus hides in the body, and gave a glimpse into the life of all these different women, who didn't think they were the sort of people to contract HIV.

Admittedly it kinda scared me, with one of them being 24 and diagnosed at 21, and I'm 19 and keeping myself safe ALL of the time is easier said than done (but I'm going for a checkup tomorrow and I want to bring up the issue of HIV testing as well).

The video's not available until tomorrow, but the website is http://sixtyminutes.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8366724 for anyone who's interested enough to wait. I thought it might be relevant to the people who peruse these boards [Smile] It shows that HIV isn't the end of your life, but brings attention to the fact that we aren't safe just yet and there ARE consequences. So good to have information and stories that are close to home.

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Karybu
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I saw this when it was on, and I thought it was a very well done piece, particularly since heterosexual people are so often overlooked when it comes to HIV prevention messages. Thanks for posting this!

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