Coming up this week:
Before we get down to the run through, we just want you to note that this week's newsletter is dominated by World Aids Day news, activism and information. Please take a few minutes to read the articles and get involved!
- What we’ve been up to
- HIV Facts
- Getting Involved TODAY!
- Give Now!
- A Personal Reflection From Josh
- HIV/ AIDS In The News
- Non- HIV/ AIDS News
- Final thought
What have we been up to?
I have had a very odd week so far. On Monday we were all very busy with the Allocations process that we do each year with the UJIA. It was really stressful and quite difficult but I enjoyed it cos it was quite an experience! Then on Tuesday I went up to Watford Grammar School for Boys, I was really nervous cos the school was really big and scary. Plus, it was all boys and only me! It was alright though, they were all really nice J (I also bought in Maccies breakfast as a well done to the others after Monday evening. We all ate pancakes and hash browns which was really nice). Then yesterday cos of the strike Alyth put on a School’s Out event. It was so much fun! It was a Willy Wonka themed day and I loved it. Spent the day with a group of six 4 and 5 year olds. They were so cute and then one of them called me Mummy which was the cutest thing ever. Today has been nice cos I feel like i’ve not seen anyone all week so it’s nice to be back in the office again. I’ve really missed everyone y ‘know diary. I’ve just realised i’ve not told you what the rest of the guys have been up to. Josh shaved his moustache off, thank goodness finally! I miss it now though, his nose looks lonely. Rhea has been very proactive at eating half a bar of chocolate and then leaving it around or eating the whole thing and leaving the wrapper lying around. This isn’t appreciated. She also has had a glass of water sitting on her desk for the past 3 days.... I think it’s the same one. Dubey found a really good new sandwich place in Finchley Central so he’s going to buy us all lunch from there tomorrow. I’d best be off now diary cos I need to send an email out to all the madrichim about Summer dates! Exciting! Thanks for being so brill diary. ILY xxx
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HIV stands for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It is a virus which attacks the body's immune system — the body's defence against diseases.
HIV can be passed on through infected bodily fluids, most commonly via sex without a condom or by sharing infected needles, syringes or other injecting drug equipment.
There are now more people than ever living with HIV in the UK — more than 90,000 — with around a quarter of those unaware they have the virus.
Here are a few more facts about HIV in the UK:
Have any of these facts come as a surprise? There is still loads more you can learn about HIV in the UK by visiting HIVaware — our fun, interactive new website which provides all the information everyone should know about HIV. HIVaware gives you facts and stats on HIV, busts common myths and answers your frequently asked question
- Over 90% of people with HIV were infected through sexual contact
- You can now get tested for HIV using a saliva sample
- HIV is not passed on through spitting, biting or sharing utensils
- Only 1% of babies born to HIV positive mothers have HIV
- You can get the results of an HIV test in just 15-20 minutes
- There is no vaccine and no cure for HIV
Take your first step to Acting Aware by visiting HIVaware today.
Getting Involved TODAY!
G-A-Y Bar and the 56 Dean Street NHS clinic are seeking participants to set a new world record for the most HIV tests administered in an eight hour period.
Dr Alan McOwan, Lead Consultant at 56 Dean Street, said: “We will be using the world’s fastest HIV antibody test, which provides a result in just 60 seconds.
“One in 20 gay men in London has undiagnosed HIV and two-thirds of undiagnosed men think that they are negative. Testing early can add 16 years to someone’s life.”
G-A-Y will be donating £10 for every test performed at one of nine testing stations around the venue to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
The record setting attempt will run from 2pm to 10pm on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2011, and will be held at the G-A-Y bar on Old Compton Street, London. Registration forms can be picked up from the venue in advance or completed on the day.
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Dubey did his bit for World Aids Day by going to JCoss and giving us the time to do this to his computer (for a better quality picture check out the RSY-Netzer website) . . .
If this caught your eye, and even maybe made you smile. Thank your RSY-Netzer desk decorators by donating anything you can to Children With Aids Charity by clicking here.
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A Personal Reflection From Josh
When I was 13 I was lucky enough to hear Scott Fried speak at a friend’s house in Manchester. Scott is a motivational speaker, AIDS/HIV educator and author. He has spoken at Limmud, and lectures at schools, summer camps, juvenile centres, conferences, the lot. He has written two books, ‘If I grow up’ and ‘The invisible kingdom; letters from the secret life’.
Its rare that a speaker that I heard 10 years ago not only stays in my memory as an inspiration, but is also the first person who comes to mind when I think about issues such as HIV/AIDS, youth identity and homosexuality. Scott’s uses himself as the main example for his education. He contracted HIV at age 24 during his first and only unsafe sexual encounter. Through his writings, he speaks about more than just HIV/AIDS, he speaks about self esteem, body image, sexual identity, confidence and safe environments.
It’s truly inspirational for me that 10 years on Scott is still doing the work he does, that his story has become his life’s work, and that what is perceived often as a death sentence has become a vehicle for education and love. In the link below are some extracts from Scott’s written work.
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HIV/AIDS In The News
It has been 30 years since the first mention of what is to be known as HIV. Click here to see 30 years worth of (USA based) HIV/AIDS related landmarks. To read more interesting covereage on the past 30 years go to CNN's website.
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Non- HIV/AIDS news
The Weizmann Institute runs a 2 month programme every summer for undergraduate science students.
Here is a link for more information- check it out and if you have any questions that please get in contact with Ysabella.
A Campaign to Get Involved In- Operation Winter Survival
Winter is...sitting in a warm home watching an old film or knitting a cosy blanket? Reading a good book curled up on the couch whilst drinking a cup of hot chocolate? Having a soak in a hot bubble bath or turning up the heating up a notch when the temperature drops? Wrapping up warm and playing in the snow?
For many families, older people and children in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union winter is about the struggle to stay alive.Click here to read more.
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Netzer's Musical Revolution
Netzerniks! The time has come for a musical revolution!
We are very excited to invite you to Netzer's first ever music day!
This will be a wonderful afternoon filled with teaching, learning and lots of singing!
Followed a massively Ruach filled Friday night dinner and incredible ONEG!
Then come along and join us for what is going to be an incredible Netzer experience! The song leading day is joint with LJY-Netzer, and will be at Alyth synagogue from 2pm. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
Those who have diabetes worry about having diabetes. Those who have HIV worry their family will find out. (WIll Harris, Press Officer, Terrence Higgins Trust).
RSY-Netzer is committed to the idea of RESPECT and under this banner we must fight to break down the stigma that STILL surrounds HIV and AIDS. Do something today to put HIV/AIDS on someone else's radar- tweet something supportive, post something inspirational. Together we can break down barriers and defeat stigma but we've got to start talking. Get involved RSY-Netzer!
Best wishes from the RSY-Netzer Team
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