Saturday, May 05, 2012

Nuffnang: Action for Aids Event


 So Whazz Up?

If you were at Orchard Road last saturday, you might have saw me with a group of red and white shirt people giving away these colourful leaflets - which came in useful because of the hot weather ;) - and yelling "WHAZZ UP?" at certain junctions at Orchard.


Thanks to Jayne for all the photos! :)
This year, Action for Aids is up with a new campaign to spread the awareness of HIV testing. For more than 20 years, there has been more initiatives to increase awareness of HIV. However, a research done by Tan Tock Seng Hospital shows that young adults aged between 18-29 still had little knowledge of HIV and had some misconceptions towards HIV/AIDS. Some may feel that they may get HIV just being close to people with HIV or AIDS (false - it does not spread like air-borne diseases).






So what's HIV?
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus which causes the immune system to break down. This is not the same as Acquired Immune Deficiency Breakdown (AIDS) - AIDS is actually the last stage of HIV infection. This doesn't mean that HIV-positive individuals have AIDS.

How is it transmitted?
3 main ways:
  1. Mother-to-child transmission (e.g., breast milk)
  2. Transmission through body fluids (e.g., sharing of needles, unlicensed tattooing)
  3. Sexual transmission
Exposure to other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) can also increase the risk of contracting HIV.

Is there really no cure?
Yes, there is currently no cure for this virus. Advances in medication have allowed individuals who have tested positive to continue an enriching life. However, these drugs are mostly expensive and may have serious side effects.

When should I consider a HIV test?
You should consider a test if the following happens:
  • The condom broke during sex
  • You did not use a condom during sex
  • You have multiple sex partners concurrently or over a period of time
  • You've had sex but have never been tested before
If you are worried about the procedure, costs and social stigma associated with HIV testing - don't be.



it's simple,
Blood test only requires a few drops of blood by the prick of a finger. It is relatively painless as compared to drawing a full vial of blood. Oral swab testing is also available and these are painless yet without forgoing its accuracy.

it's anonymous,
At the Action for AIDS Anonymous HIV test site, no name and no records are kept even if the result is positive. Action for AIDS also have trained volunteers to provide pre and post test counseling for all clients.



and it's affordable.
The test costs S$30 at the clinic, located at 31 Kelantan Lane #01-15 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6:30PM - 8:15PM and on Saturdays at 1:30PM - 3:15pm. For more information, head to http://www.afa.org.sg/anonymous.php or call their hotline at 62540212. You can also catch their mobile test services, which are located at various places on different days and times. For the schedule and more information, head to http://www.afa.org.sg/mts.


Still unsure? Check out these videos from Action for AIDS Singapore:



So now, do you know WHAZZ UP? :)

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