AIDS (Hot Topics) by Leanne K. Currie-McGhee

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This includes shortening the duration of each breast-feeding session. Additionally, nursing mothers can reduce the overall length of breast-feeding from two years to six months. This can reduce the risk of transmission by two-thirds. Teenagers and HIV In addition to being born with HIV, young people contract HIV through other means. Around the world, every minute of every day six young people between the ages of fifteen and twentyfour become HIV-positive. More than a third of all people living with HIV/AIDS are under the age of twenty-five.

2 million condoms to employees and communities in 2005. Gold Fields also works to manage the health of its HIV-positive employees. Employees who test positive for HIV are encouraged to enroll in the company’s wellness program. The employees receive education regarding condoms, how to prevent infecting others, nutrition to keep themselves healthy, and a healthy lifestyle. As 32 AIDS part of this program, HIV-positive employees are monitored and screened for eligibility for antiretroviral therapy and are provided with treatment to prevent opportunistic infections.

Debbie, who lives in England, knew she would have to deal with health problems while raising an HIV-positive child. She did not expect that she would be forced to move. As Debbie explained in 2002: My foster son, Michael, aged 8, was born HIV-positive and diagnosed with AIDS at the age of 8 months. I took him into our family home, in a small village in the southwest of England. At first, relations with the local school were wonderful and Michael thrived there. Only the head teacher and Michael’s personal class assistant knew of his illness.

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