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AIDS Action Council reaches out as HIV infection rates continue to rise

AIDS Action Council reaches out as HIV infection rates continue to rise | Rob's Yr 9 Journal | Scoop.it
AIDS Action Council says people are becoming complacent and taking risks.
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This is a very good but simple article about HIV and AIDS in Australia. 

 

People seem to think that, in Australia, HIV and AIDS cannot affect them. In fact even an Australian doctor was shocked when he diagnosed a patient with the disease. But these people are wrong. It is very possible to contract these incurable diseases in Australia, especially through unprotected sex. Over 500 ACT residents live with the disease. 

 

The article urges all people to have safe sex, too get tested, to do so regularly and to not be lazy with their use of safe sex practices.

 

The article also breaks down some of the misconceptions about HIV. In Australia, if the disease is detected early, it may have little impact on your life. Australian resident Garth Parkhill has been living with HIV for 22 years. Garth is very healthy and lives a normal life. He takes 1 pill a day and although not ideal, the worst the disease has affected him is nausea.

 

This article is effective in educating people about HIV, its prevalence in Australia, the ease of contracting it and releases some well needed truths about living with the disease in a developed country. 

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A young woman reveals what living with HIV is really like

A young woman reveals what living with HIV is really like | Rob's Yr 9 Journal | Scoop.it
THE number of Australians diagnosed with HIV is at a 20-year high.
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I believe this article is effective in getting the truth out there about living with HIV, because there is a lot of myths about it.

 

This article is important to society because it allows them to realize that anybody is able to contract HIV, not just gay men or those living in a 3rd world country. It also allows them to realize that HIV, although incurable is a manageable disease with little day to day effects.

 

 The article explores the potential legal implications in such situations, the importance of early detection and regular sexual health check ups. It lets the reader know that HIV, for those living in developed countries with access to good heath care, only seems like such a massive deal because of the extensive stigma which accompanies the disease. 

 

The article puts truth to some myths, gives real facts which people seem to forget and effectively explores the life of a HIV patient, allowing us to empathize with those who have the disease. 

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Multiple sex partners | Terrence Higgins Trust

Multiple sex partners | Terrence Higgins Trust | Rob's Yr 9 Journal | Scoop.it
Terrence Higgins Trust is the largest HIV and sexual health charity in Europe. We provide services to support people living with HIV, campaign for their rights, and promote good sexual health throughout Great Britain.
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' If you have 5 sex partners and they all have 5 sex partners you are indirectly sleeping with 25 people'. Only of one of the 25 people needs to have an STD or have had unprotected sex for you and everyone else to catch an STD. 

 

 The article also explores how drugs and alcohol can affect your decision making and often results in unprotected sex or unwanted sex. If one of your sex partners has a porblem with alcohol or drugs there is an incredibly high risk of getting an STD.

 

It's that simple. Having multiple sex partners and sleeping with drug and or alcohol addicts greatly increases your risk of catching an STD, so use a condom, limit the amount of people you have sex with and the amount of 1 night stands you have.

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One in eight youth deaths due to alcohol, report

One in eight youth deaths due to alcohol, report | Rob's Yr 9 Journal | Scoop.it
One in eight deaths of Australians aged under 25 is now related to alcohol consumption, experts say.
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This is article perfectly summaries how expensive drinking is when you do allow yourself to become intoxicated and how drinking is a major factor in death of young people in Australia.

 

Almost 1 in 8 deaths of people aged under 25 is due to alcohol

 

60% of all police attendances (including 90% of late-night calls) involve alcohol

 

One in 5 hospitalisations of people under 25 are due to alcohol

 

20% of Australians drink at levels putting them at risk of lifetime harm

 

Almost two thirds of 18-29 year olds drink "specifically to get drunk"

 

These statistics show the facts plain and clear. Young adults plan on getting drunk to the point where hospitalisation is necessary. Being hospitalised for intoxicated is a serious thing no young adult should plan on doing. Excessive alcohol consumption by young adults leads to increased violence and strains on family. The articles shows how alcohol consumption in large quantities affects more people than you and how easy it is for alcohol to get you in trouble with your health or with the police. The article proves that these sort of things aren't just talked about, they actually happen and occur often. 

 

The article also explains how expensive excessive drinking is for the government and the strains it places on Hospitals. 

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The shocking number of new STD cases each year - Fox News

The shocking number of new STD cases each year - Fox News | Rob's Yr 9 Journal | Scoop.it
The shocking number of new STD cases each year
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Still think STDs are something that can't happen to someone like you?
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This article is a very effective communicator of the high chance we have of getting STDs. Although the facts are all for America it is shocking to note the increase in STDs and is important that teens all over the world and in Australia get the facts right.

 

This articles breaks it down easily for people who are confused and need more information.

1) Always use a condom regardless of relationship status etc.

2) Get tested regularly. Research, depending on your age, sex activity, history of STDs and lifestyle choices how often regularly is.

3) Don't just ask your doctor for all tests. Confirm with him or her what tests you are getting done and request to have ALL tests done not just what they thought. 

4) Let your doctor know of any details like having unprotected sex or that the condom broke. 

 

This article is incredibly beneficial to teenagers because it has the ability to stop people from getting STDs and having unprotected sex. 

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Number of children who are victims of cyberbullying doubles in a year

Number of children who are victims of cyberbullying doubles in a year | Rob's Yr 9 Journal | Scoop.it
Poll finds 35% of 11- to 17-year-olds bullied online, as fears grow over number of young teenagers using dating app Tinder
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This article is particularly good when discussing teenagers and internet safety. It is good to note that so many parents do talk to their children about internet safety but parents should be doing more.

 

This articles urges parents to take that conservation further, to immerse themselves in their children's online activity. It encourages them to track their online history, block inappropriate websites and understand what social media they are using, what sort of behavior is expected on each site and decide if they are appropriate or not. 

 

The article states that increasing amounts of teenagers are being exposed to inappropriate content, being approached by adults on dating websites and experiencing cyber bullying. 

 

It is also alarming to note that many teenagers, even those as young as 13 are using dating and hook-up apps, predominately aimed at adults, not teenagers. Snapchat, which has  millions of teen users worldwide, is famous for its leaked snapchats of explicit material. 

 

In fact, while I write this, I see an advertisement for a dating website on the same page as this article. It's ironic really but is proof of how exposed teenagers can become on the internet. 


Parents need to further their watch of their teen's internet usage. They need to go further than just telling their kids to be safe. They need to have systems in place in monitor internet activity on a regular basis. 


This article is very effective. It effectively communicates how exposed teenagers are and how easy it is to become cyber bullied or attract adult attention on a sexual basis.Therefore this article is very good. 

 

 

 

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Lifestyle diseases set to double by 2020

Lifestyle diseases set to double by 2020 | Rob's Yr 9 Journal | Scoop.it
Tanzania\'s leading online News Edition (The National Newspaper). Get access to the most current and latest authoritative news on local issues, politics, events, celebrations, editorial, columnists, features, people and business
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This article explores how quickly lifestyle diseases can grow in the amount of people they affect. It tells us that lifestyle diseases are set to double. 

 

This article proves the importance of healthy eating and regular exercise and highlights that they are of paramount importance in order to protect yourself try from lifestyle diseases such as obesity. 

 

It warns us of a world where we eat too much salty, fatty, processed foods and foods with lots of sugar in them. 

 

This article is a perfect reminder of how ever present the situation is and reminds the audience that contracting lifestyle diseases is actually very easy and no-one is ever safe.  In doing so, further education on the importance of healthy eating may be necessary. 

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STD Symptoms in Women: Signs of Common STDs

STD Symptoms in Women: Signs of Common STDs | Rob's Yr 9 Journal | Scoop.it
It is possible to have an STD and not even know it. WebMD can give you the facts about the six most common STDs in women and help you know what to watch for.
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You could have a STD and not know it. It sounds shocking but the article explains the truth.

 

Many common STDs have no symptoms whatsoever of symptoms are otherwise confused for something else. The problem is people often have STDs but because there are none or so few symptoms, being affected by an STD does not cross their mind. In some cases when people do not get checked by their doctor (you should do for having unprotected sex) the STD is often discovered too late and serious damage has already begun and will continue to do so within your body.

 

In short: You many never know if you have an STD. So always where a condom. If your condom broke, if you had unprotected sex or are worried you should not wait. Get checked by your doctor Immediately because you could have an deadly STD and not know. 

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Risky teen drinking ups diabetes risk

Risky teen drinking ups diabetes risk | Rob's Yr 9 Journal | Scoop.it
Frequent and heavy drinking during adolescence can lead to a 12-fold increased risk of diabetes, an Australian study shows.
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This short simple article effectively explores the long term danger of drinking especially for teens. It shows that drinking can very easily become more than just a hangover and throwing up. Teens who drink regularly have a very increased chance of getting diabetes which effects people throughout their whole life. Diabetes can kill people and this article helps us understand just how much teen drinking can contribute towards getting diabetes. 

 

The article tells us that drinking in moderation is okay but that we should NOT drink even close to more than five drinks, more than three times a week. 

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