14th scene: AIDS-Education


 


HIV stands for Human Immune Virus. Thatís the little virus that gets into your blood that makes you sick. O.k.

AIDS is what you get. Itís Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and that is what you get as a result of having the virus in your body. O.k.?


[AIDS education talk
by Mrs. Clare A. Kalkwarf D.M.
for factory labourers in iSithebe[

Acquired means that you get it, you get it from somewhere else. Immune is something in your body that is fighting disease. And that in your body that fights disease is the White Blood Cells in your blood.

We have red blood cells and we have white blood cells and the white blood cells fight disease for our body and that is called our immune system. And a deficiency means a lack of; it means you donít have enough white blood cells to fight disease and a syndrome are the signs or the symptoms of having the sickness and thatís where AIDS comes from. It comes from having the virus in your body.

 

I put a poster up here with different people on it. Would anybody like to try and guess which one is HIV-positive and which one has AIDS? Ladies, which one do you say has got AIDS? Ö No one? No one? Really? In Isithebe where we have got 88% AIDS rate, HIV rate? Ö Nobody? Which one? This one? Ö Why that man? Ö Heís going thin. I think, he has got sunglasses and he is cool. I think you made it out, that we canít tell. You canít tell by looking at a person whether or not that has HIV. So, letís not criticise people if they are thin. Letís not criticise people if they have TB, because thatís not a sign that they have AIDS. It might be, but itís not a definite fact.

 

AIDS is like a imvubu. AIDS is like a hippo. All you see is that little piece on top of the water there and the rest of it is hidden away from us, and that is the problem with HIV that we actually donít see it.

Itís hidden away and we donít talk about it and thatís why so many of us are positive. We need to talk about it, we need to get that imvubu out of the water, we need to bring him out into the open, we need to talk about HIV/AIDS.

How does the virus kill our white blood cells?

Here we have a white blood cell and he is a big strong guy. He is looking after that man who is not yet HIV-positive. What happens, why does that man get sick when he gets the virus? What happens is this: If a normal germ like a flu germ or a TB germ comes near anyone of us who are not HIV-positive, that white blood cell is going to kill the germ and protect us. But if we are HIV-positive that white blood cell is not really strong enough to protect the man, and so now, if we have no white blood cells we canít fight disease any more and thatís why people who are HIV-positive so often get TB and STDs.

 

The problem is then that this poor little man has got absolutely no protection because the white blood cells get less and less and the HI Virus grows in his body

and so that man gets weaker and weaker and weaker.

For people who donít believe that the HI Virus exists I am going to proof to you now that it does. Thatís a photograph made many many many times bigger than normal. Thatís an HI Virus that is in the body of people who are positive.

And thatís the thing that kills off your white blood cells.

Thatís what it looks like, thatís a photograph of it, a real HI Virus.

 

Itís not that a condom is absolutely safe. There is no such thing as safe sex!

 The only way to be absolutely safe is to say ďNo, thank you, I donít want to sleep around!Ē

Change your way of life! Thatís the only safe thing! O.k.? Condoms do help, especially if a man and a wife are both HIV-positive, because you can re-infect yourself. Every time you have sex with somebody, who is HIV-positive, you are putting more HI Virus into your blood. So you are making your life shorter and shorter. I have had couples come to me and say ďbut it doesnít matter. We are both positive. It doesnít matter if we have unprotected sex.Ē A-ah! Every time you are adding more and more virus to your blood, which means you are killing off more and more white blood cells as the time goes by and it shortens your life so much. What I ask you ladies and gentlemen, and I am so happy the men decided to come today, if you think, that you have been exposed to the HI Virus, go and have a test! People say ďwhy must I have a test? If I am positive I am going to die anyway.Ē Sure, but you can still live for another twelve to fifteen years!

And so I ask you, please, go and have a test, not so much for your sake, yes for your sake, but for your familyís sake, for your husband, for your wife, children, make sure that you are there for them for as long as possible! And please talk to your husbands and wives about the problems! If you are HIV-positive you must tell your partner, whoever your partner is, please tell them!



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