1st December World AIDS DAY!

Lisbeth
Posted December 1, 2018

There is hope for everyone!

It was somewhere in the 90's, that I got to understood clearly  the interpretation of this word "AIDS". It was a very sensitive word to use then! You have to be very careful with how you used it. The French name was "SIDA". The English meaning was A -Acquired I -Immune D -Deficiency S -Syndrome

We were told it was a very dangerous disease and Whoever got this disease will not survived, he was or will be a dead person living. We were told it was contagious and must be contained. 

All those who suffered from AIDS were stigmatized. You can never share cups, even hugging and shaking hands of these people will incite stigma toward you. So every body was careful.

We were told it was a punishment from God for the wicked, the disobedience in society and for those who live bad lives. Examples sexual immoral people. As the name indicates it is acquired and it affect or destroyed the immune system. Victims are quarantined in some communities, excluded from mingling with family members even their kids are excommunicated from them. There was no hope at all for them.

She was a very sweet beautiful woman. The type that all men will look for. Thick tall  and hair all over her skin. She was very fair in complexity, almost referred to as " Obroni" white woman.

We lost her one faithful day after she gave up suffering as HIV/aids patient. How she contracted the virus was mysterious. It was during blood transfusion. Lamisi, we still missed your friendship, we missed your laughter however we are glad that you fought a fine fight until the end.

I am happy today, however a century down the line. The story is different. AIDS is not deadly anymore. Victims of AIDS or SIDA now have hope. The stigmatization is not as before, at least they are cared for, loved, and protected. Their children are not excommunicated from them. Actually, a victim can bone child without infecting the child with HIV AIDS. With this new retrovirus treatment and less stigmatization even their life's span has increase. 

As December 1st every year  has been designated for World AIDS DAY. I will love to use this opportunity to encourage all living with this disease to keep fighting. They should take care of themselves by abstaining from sex, eat healthy food and do a lot of exercise if they can. They should never give up because there is always light at the end of the tunnel.  Family members of victims, please your encouragement will help them. Continue to include them in your activities, put the smiles on their faces, give them HOPE and together you can fight a fine fight.

HOPE is when all seem dark then suddenly light appears. When HIV/aids was discovered centuries ago nobody knew there will soon emerged a remedy. It was then 99.9% deadly sickness. However today we got hope towards it.

Aids is now rated number ten (10) deadly sickness. Cancer and the rest are now leading. This is hope! When there seemed to be no way then suddenly a road/ way immerged.

Hope is love, hope is to dream towards the worst situations. Is to swim in muddy waters. 

Lets have hope towards the future, lets have hope toward global peace, lets have hope towards everything because the day we give up hope we will cease to exist.

This post is dedicated to all carriers and those who have lost their lives through HIV/aids. My sincere love to all who are still fighting on.

 

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Tamarack Verrall
Dec 01, 2018
Dec 01, 2018

Hi Lis,

Thanks for the recognition and reminder of World Aids Day. Aids is not in the news as much as in the past and this is very good news that treatment has become so much more available and understanding more widespread. Your encouraging words and message of love to all victims is a beautiful reminder of how important love is for everyone, especially anyone going through tough times.

Lisbeth
Dec 05, 2018
Dec 05, 2018

Hello Aunty Tam,
HIV/AIDS has killed neighboring friends and hence a very sensitive word for me. I am very glad that the stigma has reduced to some extend.
Love is everything you know. Even if you got the whole in your hand and do not have love you are nothing. Its always my will to show the little love I can to anyone.

I hope you are having a very nice weekend. My warm regards.
Love
Lizzy

Lisbeth
Dec 05, 2018
Dec 05, 2018

Yeah Aunty Tam, oooh the previous years every corner you passed all is talking about aids. People refuse to go on diet those days because if you grow slim then you got aids haha he he.

It was really terrible. If you fall sick constantly then you got aids. Ooh aids oh aids hmmm

Today I sit and laugh over AIDS. Time really changes!

Jill Langhus
Dec 02, 2018
Dec 02, 2018

Hi Lizzy,

I love your message to AIDS carriers. It's very loving and hopeful... good job!

Hope you're having a great day!

Lisbeth
Dec 02, 2018
Dec 02, 2018

Hi sister Jill,
Thanks very much I appreciate your acknowledgement.

I am doing fine thanks.
You have a nice weekend
Hugs
Lizzy

Jill Langhus
Dec 03, 2018
Dec 03, 2018

Hi there Lizzy:-)

You're very welcome! Glad to hear you are doing well.

Hope you are having a great day!

Lisbeth
Dec 05, 2018
Dec 05, 2018

Actually I got neighboring friends that died from aids. Was close to our family and the sad part was she became a carrier through blood transfusion then :-(

When I look back I never realized there could be hope for aids carriers today. :-)

Jill Langhus
Dec 06, 2018
Dec 06, 2018

Oh:-( That's sad. Oh, wow:(

Thanks for helping to spread awareness.

Feka
Mar 11
Mar 11

Thanks for giving hope to Aids carriers. That's what they need and not stigmatized

Lisbeth
Apr 28
Apr 28

Thanks for the appreciation.

Paulina Nayra
Apr 28
Apr 28

Dear Lis,
Many lives will be saved with the availability of treatment for AIDS. Let's hope that the treatment reaches those who need it most. Great World Aids Day message.

Sincerely,
Paulina

Lisbeth
Apr 28
Apr 28

Thanks sis. Paulina. Yes we can only hope and pray so.