Brryan Jackson’s father injected him with HIV-tainted blood when he was 11 months old in a bid to kill him to avoid paying child support. By the time Brryan was 5, he was diagnosed with AIDS, and given only a few months to live. Today, he is over 20, and the virus has been undetectable in his blood for over five years.
On this day in 1990, my uncle, Mark Baddeley, a DJ for Wiltshire Radio, passed away due to HIV-related illness.
HIV and AIDS have killed millions of people and continue to do so today, but they don’t have to, and you can help to prevent more unnecessary loss by educating yourself and others about HIV and AIDS, getting tested and donating whatever you can spare.
There are lots of educational resources in my HIV tag, but if you’re more of a learning through the screen type of person, here are some films and TV series I particularly recommend:
David Flanagan recently biked from San Francisco to Los Angeles as a part of the LifeCycle fundraiser in honor of his son Joshua, who passed away in 2013 at the age of 28 after being diagnosed with HIV.
I'm so angry today. Heard someone blaming gay men for the blood donation ban saying its "not discriminatory or homophobic. Its their own fault. They are more susceptible to HIV/AIDs because they're stupid and don't use protection". I'm sorry, I hate violence, but I really want to punch this person in the fucking face.
I don’t blame you, I probably actually would have punched them, but for future reference, here’s a story for you to tell anyone who says anything like that.
AIDS was first recognised in 1981, and, due to its association with gay and bisexual men, or MSM (men who have sex with men), it was originally called GRID (gay-related immunodeficiency disease), but this was changed in 1982 because ALREADY cases had been identified in people outside of that demographic. There were an increasing number of cases every year, but support from the governing bodies of the UK, Ireland and the USA was dismal.
It wasn’t until cases were identified among heterosexual people (which happened later in the UK than it did in the USA , as AIDS was far more widespread in America) that Margaret Thatcher put funding into research and facilities. This funding was fairly substantial, but in 1987 she made this lovely speech:
This was the Conservative party’s campaign slogan that same year:
The campaign was successful and Thatcher was to remain Prime Minister until her resignation in 1990, and in 1988 she introduce the UK’s first anti-gay law in over 100 years, Section 28, which banned the “promotion” of homosexuality, outlawing access to sex education for gay and bisexual students. This law remained in place until 1993. Meanwhile, a woman called Mary Whitehouse was running a campaign called Clean-Up TV (read: “deny oppressed groups representation”) with substantial success, cutting off another avenue of information for gay and bisexual people. Meanwhile, the “information” about AIDS that was being circulated largely consisted of inaccuracies and fearmongering. The situation was bad enough in England and Wales, where homosexuality had been decriminalized in 1967 - it remained a criminal offence in Scotland until 1980, Northern Ireland until 1982 and the Republic of Ireland until 1993.
Meanwhile, in the USA, Reagan did not say the word ‘AIDS’ publicly until 1985, and despite claiming that it was America’s number 1 health priority, awarded it less than 1% of national healthcare funding. At the same time, the FDA failed to make adequate adjustments to testing methods despite the assistance of HIV positive people and their supporters, and education was equally as a atrocious:
It wasn’t until 1996, 15 years after the beginning of the AIDS crisis, that a safe and effective form of medication was developed, and it was still unaffordable for poor Americans.
The Catholic Church also launched a campaign at this time to ban condoms, a blatantly homophobic attack on a vulnerable group of people.
“There does have to be a really, sort of, you know, thorough sort of sex and relationship education that deals with HIV, with Hepatitis C - I doubt that it comes up in school sex education?”
“It’s supposed to. I put my hand up halfway through this pig long talk about pregnancy and Chlamydia and said “What about anal sex?” - obviously being an openly gay 15-year-old at school - and they said “Oh, well we don’t recommend that.””
And alongside all of this, blood banks have to test blood for HIV ANYWAY, and searching ‘blood bank urgent appeal’ on google brings up millions of results. We could be saving lives, but instead we’re writing off any man who’s sexually involved with other men because they apparently can’t be trusted to have safe sex when the reason unsafe sex occurs as often as it does between men is because they are not being taught how to have sex safely.
Blood bans are the face of the third decade of a viciously homophobic attack on vulnerable people, and they are a truly perfect example of bigoted societal and legal hypocrisy.
NIGERIAN PROFESSOR PRODUCES ANTIVIRT, ANTI VIRAL DRUG THAT CURES HIV AIDS IN 2 MONTHS
JUNE 10, 2015 ADMIN 14 COMMENTS
Nigerian Professor Produces Antivirt, An Anti Viral Drug For Treating HIV AIDS. Despite doubts in some quarters about the authenticity of his claims, Professor Maduike Ezeibe of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike (MOUAU), Abia State, has insisted that his recent therapy
for the dreaded HIV and AIDS is real and effective.
The discovery of the therapy, Ezeibe said, was a major scientific breakthrough in the search for a cure to the global pandemic.
He said after 19 years of hard work, he was able to discover the therapy and his research was eventually published in the British Journal of Medicine & Medical Research.
The Professor of Veterinary Medicine, who obtained his first degree in same discipline at the University of Nigeria Nsukka in 1986, Masters in Ruminant Medicine, and doctorate degree in Canine Medicine all in UNN, said he moved to MOUAU on leave of absence.
Speaking with Southern City News in his office, he said his research into the therapy known as ‘Antivirt’ (Anti-Viral Therapy), dated back to 1994 when he took the challenge to be part of the global solution to the HIV/AIDS scourge ravaging humanity.
Ezeibe said his work had been published by the American-based medical journal known as The Health.
He said he decided to publish his research work on the therapy so as to prove anyone who would doubt that a black man could develop HIV/AIDS cure, wrong.
He boasted that the experiment remained authentic and verifiable in any part of the world.
According to him, two essential minerals – aluminum silicate (kaolin) and magnesium silicate, used in the production of the therapy, have large deposits in Umuahia and parts of Abia State.
This, he said, would make the therapy cheaper and more affordable than the old anti-retroviral therapy.
He added that the therapy would take an average of two to three months to cure HIV/AIDS patient.
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Mike Huckabee, to put it simply, is about as evil and unChristianlike as anyone could ever get. Sure, he’s an ordained Southern Baptist Minister, but that doesn’t mean sh*t, because actions speak louder than a piece of paper on the wall that claims you’re a Christian. From his defense of the Duggars and child molestation, to his fervent defense of “religious freedom” as a means to oppress others,…