Tuesday, September 30, 2008

HIV Awareness

My children have been very blessed to be healthy with no long term illnesses at this time. As many of you know, I am drawn to children with special needs. Jacob was a special needs child due to potential health complications with his port wine stain. These problems have since been ruled out. My foster children almost always qualify as special needs due to problems they are currently experiencing or an increased risk of problems in the future. None of my children have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS but I am willing to parent an HIV positive child in the future. Here is some information from Erin's blog about HIV/AIDS.

What you should know about HIV
- HIV can NOT be spread through casual/household contact. HIV is not spread through hugging, kissing, shaking hands, sharing toys, sneezing, coughing, sharing food, sharing drinks, bathing, swimming or any other casual way. It has been proven that HIV and AIDS can only be spread through sexual contact, birth, breastfeeding and blood to blood contact (such as sharing needles).
- HIV is now considered a chronic but manageable disease. With treatment, people who are HIV+ can live indefinitely without developing AIDS and can live long and full lives.
- People who are HIV+ deserve to be treated with love, respect, support and acceptance as all people do. If anyone wants more info on transmission, there is great info on the Center for Disease Control website at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/resources.

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