Wednesday, July 17, 2002
( 10:45 AM ) Jackie
Heads in the Sand
....or someplace else where the sun don't shine.
Vote.com is running a poll to collect opinions on adding a muppet character who is HIV+ to provide early HIV/AIDs education to kids and model appropriate behaviors toward kids and adults who are HIV+.
The responses are running 85% AGAINST adding the character. The reasoning being that such a character would "send the wrong message" to kids.
With the 14th International AIDS Conference reporting massive rates of HIV infection worldwide--with 40,000,000 people are reported infected with HIV--we cannot afford to ignore the importance of education at all ages, from kids to the elderly.
But some people would rather risk our children becoming infected than use simple and effective educational techniques to introduce the topics.
Sorry, folks. Ignorance isn't bliss.
Education and Harm Reduction are critical tools in combatting the AIDS epidemic.
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