Sunday, November 22, 2009
“Yeah, and I heard talking to someone with HIV on the phone is dangerous too.” This British Red Cross spot with Konnie Huq focuses on the fear many people still have of close contact with anyone who is HIV positive or living with AIDS. According to them:
“For World AIDS Day 2009, the British Red Cross carried out a survey of 16-25-year-olds in the UK, which showed that 85 per cent knew you cannot catch HIV from a kiss. Despite this, 69 per cent still wouldn't kiss someone with HIV. So while people's knowledge about HIV is generally good, that doesn't necessarily translate into action.”
Maybe not, and I see where they’re going in trying to alleviate the bias and fear, but the focus of any spots these days would seem to be prevention of HIV transmission. With half of all new cases of HIV infection affecting those 25 and under (likely due to relaxed attitudes towards sex), seems like that should the main focus for any sort of HIV education efforts these days.