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AIDS Infections Continuing, CDC Study Finds August 9th, 2011
AIDS Infections Continuing, CDC Study Finds

The rate of Infections in the United States has been holding steady for the past 6 years, according to the Center for Disease Control, at 50,000 new infections each year, despite better treatment and prevention of the virus. It is most likely a fallacy of the younger generation to think that this illness is something of the past, that it is more of "an eighties disease", but that is most certainly not the case. The CDC Report also found that minorities are at a higher risk, and that "urgent action" is needed in order to slow down the rate of infections. African Americans represent almost half of new infections, at 44%, a vastly disproportionate number because they represent 14% of the United States population. The CDC has also announced that it's new main goal will be to reduce new infections in the United States. Click on the link to read the full CDC report, and the New York Times article that appeared as well. How are our nation's political leaders addressing the issue? By proposing massive cuts to both domestic and global HIV/AIDS initiatives. In an effort to reduce the federal deficit, Republicans are proposing cuts to programs that would have severe ...



Researcher Daniel Townsend Gives a Global Perspective on HIV/AIDS July 22nd, 2011
Researcher Daniel Townsend Gives a Global Perspective on HIV/AIDS

As it was often reiterated by my college anthropology professor, “Humans, at their very core, are storytellers.” Language, gesture, cultural practices and all other forms of human interaction are designed in an attempt to communicate or share our experience of the world with one another. Perhaps, herein lies the key to understanding the potent effects that personal narrative has the potential to create. Stories shared by individuals have the power to move and shake us; to restore our spirits; to motivate us into action; to change our view of the world. Daniel Townsend, HIV/AIDS Researcher and Consultant, not only maintains complete faith in the ability of personal narratives to change the world, but he also views them as an absolute necessity to the progress of global development. Daniel Townsend - Personal Narrative by a_jajja In fact, Townsend would endure such an experience during his final year at the University of the West Indies, Kingston Jamaica, after hearing the struggles of a close friend who had recently tested positive for HIV, and was having a difficult time coping in an environment with an exceptionally aggressive stigmatization towards both the disease and the gay community. Although Townsend was already in pursuit of a career in global ...



‘Treat AIDS: Stop The Virus’ Takes a Stand Outside of the UN June 10th, 2011
‘Treat AIDS: Stop The Virus’ Takes a Stand Outside of the UN

“Fund Global Aids,” shouted over 200 individuals as they marched through New York City, from Bryant Park, on 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, to the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, on 47th Street and First Avenue, home of several United Nations offices. June 8th marked the beginning of a three-day United Nations HIV/AIDS Summit to determine how they will address the issue of the 10 million people around the world living with disease. In light of this event, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has launched their “Treat AIDS: Stop the Virus” campaign, which manifested itself in a street-side rally calling world leaders to uphold their promised commitment to treating—and defeating—the disease. Over the past three decades, HIV/AIDS has run rampant on a global scale, infecting over 60 million individuals and claiming over 25 million lives. The rally, which was largely organized by Tido von Schoen-Angerer, MD, the Director of the Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines for MSF, was said to be created in order to get all the people on the ground level involved, demonstrating to the UN the gravity of the situation. “It is time for treatment—it is time to put an end to this disease,” said Schoen-Angerer. MSF has been on ...



Getting sober young, Rob’s Story January 31st, 2011
Getting sober young, Rob’s Story

Note - AA (Alcoholic's Anonymous) is based on a principal of anonymity - the member's of AA never reveal the identity of other members of AA to non-members of AA (it’s a cool secret society). At BornLikeThis, we honor this tradition and will not reveal the identity of members of AA. If you think you have a problem with Alcohol and would like to talk to Rob, please email us at sober@bornlikethis.com - we will put you in touch with Rob. Rob's Story: From the Start. I knew from the start that I was not like other kids. I never had that feeling of belonging. Raised in an alcoholic house, I had great shame. Keeping what happened in the house secret was Rule #1. I learned at an early age to keep an appearance of perfection. Fit in and make no waves was my survival skill. Parts of what I kept deep inside were all the crushes I had on the boys. I was far too pretty to begin with and not very athletic, so I’m sure you can imagine how that adds up. I had my first kiss with a boy in the cornfield behind the school. On Friday it was love, Sunday ...



Getting Sober – Alex’s Story January 31st, 2011
Getting Sober – Alex’s Story

Note - AA (Alcoholic's Anonymous) is based on a principal of anonymity - the member's of AA never reveal the identity of other members of AA to non-members of AA (it’s a cool secret society). At BornLikeThis, we honor this tradition and will not reveal the identity of members of AA. If you think you have a problem with Alcohol and would like to talk to Alex, please email us at sober@bornlikethis.com - we will put you in touch with Alex. Alex's Story: I was 14 when I got drunk for the first time. “Drunk” almost doesn’t do justice to what I did to myself; it was more like getting obliterated. I obliterated the thoughts in my noisy head, obliterated my feelings, which were always strong, obliterated my fears…putting alcohol in my body wiped a messy slate clean, and I loved it. Not to say there weren’t consequences—I got in trouble even that first time I drank, and many times thereafter—but drinking felt like being wrapped in a warm blanket of safety, and it was a feeling that, though I had never experienced it in the 14 years that came before, felt like home. Home. Home had never felt like a safe place. ...



How Do I Know If I Have a Problem with Drinking? January 30th, 2011
How Do I Know If I Have a Problem with Drinking?

1. Do you drink to fit in or be cool? 2. Do you drink when you’re stressing or worried, 3. When you’re drunk or high, do you have sex without wrapping it up? 4. Have you driven when you were drunk or high? 5. Have you ended up in the hospital or gotten busted for doing something stupid while buzzed? 6. Do you skip class or show up to school late because you’re getting lit instead? Have you cut school because you were torn up from the night before? 8.Are your parents concerned about your drinking? Would they be mad if they knew about it? 9. Do you ever forget what you did while you were drunk or high? 10. Do you drink to chill out or forget about problems? 11. Do you look forward to getting drunk? 12. Do you break the law when drinking? Do you get booze for minors, or drive while you’re tanked? 13. Do people make fun of what you do when you’re drinking? Do you have a rep for getting crazy when you’re trashed? If you’re thinking, “yeah, that’s me,” you might be drinking or getting high in ways that’ll mess you up. It might be a good idea to check out an AA meeting. Sure, ...



Is AA for you? January 13th, 2011
Is AA for you?

Do you think you might have a problem with Alcohol or Drugs? Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you drink like the other kids, or if yours is getting out of control. BornLikeThis is complying stories and resources form other kids that have struggled with alcohol. We know that many kids have identified themselves as alcoholic at young ages. We know that you don’t have to end up like the old alcoholic that is homeless. Alcoholism can hit anyone at any age. The best part of identify as an alcoholic?? There are great support groups out there. Every town has AA meetings. These meetings are full of friendly folks that have been to hell and back. Many of these meetings have gay people in them (some of us at BornLikeThis are recovering addicts). AA meetings are usually non-judgmental and they tend to be very safe places to talk about your problems. Members swear by a strict code of anonymity (the will keep your secrets a secret) and will not talk about you outside of the meeting. We have met many outstanding and accepting people through AA. Click this link to find ...