Monday, October 17, 2011

AIDS in Kenya

Jaboya - Sex in Exchange for Fish
I think that this is very saddening to hear that the women on the shores of Lake Victoria have to resort to selling themselves for sex in exchange for a small amount of fish. This amount of fish is just enough food to keep these people alive. This really puts into perspective the hardships of America versus the hardships that Africans have to face each and every day.

Deadly Catch
Going off of what I had to say about the Jaboya video I think that this is quite a somber subject that needs to be addressed by the more-developed nations of the world. In no society should someone have to whore themselves in exchange for a meager amount of food. That is just wrong and immoral. This jaboya practice seems to be quite popular along the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya. It comes to me as no surprise that this practice is decimating populations of people along the shores due to AIDS. If you are going to have unprotected sex with the fisherman, bus drivers, and market workers there will be a considerable risk for a sexually transmitted disease, especially in areas in Africa.

Stephanie Nolan Talk About 28 Stories of AIDS in Africa
 This reporter had a whole lot to say on such a ravaging subject. This really makes us wonder and realize what extents people will go to when scared or faced with difficult decisions that need to be faced. These stories are very tragic and harrowing, and it allows us, the audience, to begin to put these situations into perspective.

I think that these effects are so much worse in Africa because many people cannot afford rugs to help subside the symptoms that AIDS brings upon them. The continent is overall very poor and the drugs that help with aids are very expensive.

Before watching these videos I knew that people couldn't afford the medication for AIDS in Africa. I also knew that Africa is the spot on Earth where the disease is most prevalent and destructive.I was aware that the areas in Africa where the disease was particularly catastrophic was in Sub-Saharan Africa.

I think culture plays a large role in the spread of AIDS in Africa and as well as other parts of the world.  People tend to conform to culture instead of going their own way and this is turn more than likely negatively affected Africa.

I think the solutions to these problems would have to be to increase education of AIDS and to make condoms and anti-retro-viral drugs more affordable to all peoples.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Videos Blog

The summary video was quite informative. It summed up the process of paper-writing while providing some sick drawings! The video gave info on paraphasing, quotes, summarizing, and more.

The video on keywords revamped what we learned about in the library. To pick several related words to a topic and see what results it gives you.

Third video is the same as the second.

What the last video explains is that by citing, it makes you look more presentable and shows respect to the person with the original quote or idea. This was an odd analogy to compare citing to, but it works to get the point across all the same.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

AIDS Response in US vs Thailand and Uganda

The United State's response to the AIDS epidemic could be put into several words, slow and unresponsive. During Reagan's time in power as President, he virtually did nothing in the area of prevention against AIDS. It took him up until 1985 to even mention AIDS publicly. The US's response was slow and ineffective in informing the public of what this disease was and how to prevent obtaining it. Reagan basically ignored the issue, and when he finally decided to speak about it he told the US that prevention and sexual education was best kept out of government and instead taught in school and by parents.

Uganda and Thailand, on the other hand, approached the AIDS epidemic with swifter actions and responses. Uganda, under strong political leadership, had major AIDS prevention programs in effect an actively advised the public on prevention techniques. Thailand imposed similar tactics against the AIDS outbreak. Swift actions by political leaders were essential in affecting the decline of AIDS within the country. They launched massive prevention campaigned that reduced drug rates and sharply increased condom usage rates.

Monday, October 3, 2011

AIDS as Part of the World

AIDS has different views from people in society today. Some shows display AIDS with humor such as South Park, Family Guy, etc. while many others, for example the Academy Awarding winning film Forrest Gump, view AIDS as  very serious condition. I for one believe AIDS is most definitely a matter that should not be taken lightly. Today it is a highly relevant topic that many people should know something about. This killer disease, although lightened and garnished with humor, deserves more recognition.