Alarming increase in number of HIV cases...
This article is about the alarming rise in the number of people in Australia who have been diagnosed with HIV. First of all to really understand this article you must understand what HIV is and also what causes this virus.
For starters HIV is the human immunodeficience virus which means it's a virus that attacks your immune system and weakens it over a period of time. HIV is contracted usually through having unprotected penetrative sexual intercourse with someone who has HIV. The HIV virus works by actually attaching itself to the antibodies created by the body destroy it and causing the antibodies to actually create more of the HIV virus. Inevitably the HIV virus slowly deteriorates the immune system trying to fight the virus which makes it easier for the body to contract other diseases.Such as pneumonia,koposi's,sarcoma and AIDS.
The main purpose of this article is to outline the current situation of the HIV virus and also the course of action the government is going to take to lower this increasing rate of diagnosis. According to thhe article 24,000 to 25,000 Australians live with diagnosed HIV and up to 10,000 people have HIV that hasn't been diagnosed yet. One theory put forward to explain the increase of people diagnosed with HIV is there has been an increase in umprotected sex between gay men and aslo the fact that one third of the gay men are having sexual intercourse with a casual partner. However this statistic can't explain the complete rise in the number of people diagnosed with HIV as the homosexual population is minute compared to the heterosexual population.
The government at the moment to curb down HIV is looking towards rapid HIV testing which only takes one hour to retrieve the results and also to approve new antiretroviral drugs .In addition the government is also planning on lifting some restrictions on medicine foe those suffering early stages of the virus.
This article affects teenagers as it gives a new perspective onto sexual decision making. This article is quite effective since it provides teenagers both homosexual and heterosexual with the right information about the dangers of not only having unprotected sex but also having unprotected sex with a casual partner. The moral I believe in this article is only to have unprotected sex with someone you have been in a relationship with for some time and prior to having unprotected sex having a check-up at the sexual health clinic to know if either of the persons involved in the relationship has as STI.
This article relates to the topic of sexual decision making and also about sexually transmitted infections which my year 9 PDHPE class learnt in term 3.