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The Fuji TV building in Odaiba is lit up in red on Tuesday night to mark World AIDS Day. Other landmarks in Tokyo were also lit up in red with the aim of spreading awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment around the world.

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Japan, the only "developed" country where HIV infection continues to increase....and that's just the ones they know about.

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Japan, where you must report your HIV or AIDS status to the government and if you are a foreigner will lose your Visa and kicked out.

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AIDS is now a disease which is primarily transmitted by immoral behaviour. It's completely avoidable if you engage in monogamous relationships with faithful partners and don't do drugs.

However I do agree with raising awareness of what AIDS is and how it is contracted, even if I disagree with the behaviour of those who did contract it.

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@kawabegawa198

Japan, the only "developed" country where HIV infection continues to increase....and that's just the ones they know about.

Unsourced information of that nature should always be treated as unreliable. It only needs one country with an increasing HIV infection rate to disprove it, and that certainly wasn't difficult to find.

In Australia, the rate has been increasing annually since 1999.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-17/hiv-rates-in-australia-remain-at-20-year-high/5602706

The sneering use, in relation to Japan, of quotation marks around "developed" is telling. But if we look elsewhere in the developed world, the HIV figures can be quite disturbing. The United States, for example has stabilized (as have many countries), which is good, except that it has stabilized at "about 50,000 new HIV infections per year", which is bad.

http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/statistics/overview/ataglance.html

That figure, even accounting for the population difference, completely dwarfs the low infection rate in Japan, which is low for this region and low worldwide.

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It is extremely sad and unfortunate that HIV-related stigma and discrimination are found all over the world and some people are shunned by family peers, and the wider community, while others face poor treatment in healthcare and education settings, erosion of human rights, and psychological damage. On the community level people are actually forced to leave their homes, change their daily activities such as socializing, schooling or even shopping, face rejection, verbal and physical abuse. In the end stigma blocks access to HIV testing and treatment services, making onward transmissions more likely. Hence the removal of barriers may be the key to ending the global HIV epidemic.

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@ Akula -

It's completely avoidable if you engage in monogamous relationships with faithful partners and don't do drugs.

I agree completely. But, judging by all the thumbs down, it seems that many readers want the freedom to have promiscuous sex and to use mind altering substances disregarding their health and safety and that of others.

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Dear Akula and sensei258,

besides that morals are totally subjective, you are simply ignoring facts as simple medical mistakes. For example in 2003 and 2007 2 seperate hospitals had to screen about 1000 people (on the total polulation of 16m in the Netherlands) for HIV due to malfunctioning sterilization equipment. AFAIK nobody was contaminated.

sources (in dutch so you most likely have to use a translator to make sense of it): http://www.gezondheidsnet.nl/medisch/mogelijk-500-patienten-besmet-met-hiv and http://www.trouw.nl/tr/nl/4324/Nieuws/article/detail/1770822/2003/02/26/Mogelijk-hiv-besmetting-in-Martini-Ziekenhuis.dhtml

With the last source stating: this is the 3rd hospital in 2003 where such an error occured, the first link has the inspectors stating that these kind of errors are unavoidable.

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My heart goes out to those who contracted this horrible disease through no fault of their own Doranku. However I don't feel any sympathy for those who engaged in risky behaviour and contracted the disease that way.

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I don't feel any sympathy for those who engaged in risky behaviour and contracted the disease that way.

You don't feel sympathy for someone who was out enjoying being alive, and caught a horrible disease along the way? What would Jesus say?

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@ Doranku

morals are totally subjective

I never said anything about morals. I mentioned promiscuous sex and drug use, which are behaviors

you are simply ignoring facts as simple medical mistakes

explain how I did that

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AIDS is now a disease which is primarily transmitted by immoral behaviour. It's completely avoidable if you engage in monogamous relationships with faithful partners and don't do drugs.

Well you're way, way off the mark with that.

In the first place, it isn't AIDS that's transmitted, it's HIV. If you are HIV positive and have access to the antiretrovirals, you are unlikely to die of AIDS - in fact, even to get AIDS. Do have a look at some graphs of AIDS fatalities in developed countries since the emergence of the disease - educate yourself - and notice how, about 10 years in, they drop away rather suddenly, even though new HIV infections continue to be added to the score.

Which brings us to "AIDS being transmitted by immoral behaviour". AIDS can be more or less permanently staved off with medication . Notice that decouples it from either morality or immorality, it's just a matter of whether you have access to the drugs, which for many is a matter of where you live or how much money you've got. Many in the world cannot get the drugs, including mothers and their infant children, and so AIDS is a big killer of under 5s in some countries.

Now supposing you do understand that it's HIV rather than AIDS that is transmitted through certain types of sexual behaviour and drug use. Here's the thing: you can be as immoral as you like, and as sexually promiscuous as you like, and if you're meticulous about wearing condoms, as many dedicated shaggers are, you'll fare better than some unfortunate kid at risk of contracting HIV by being born to an HIV positive mother.

Or you can shoot smack and other drugs all day long, and if you're not sharing needles, you won't get HIV. There are health workers who do just that, having access to both the drugs and the needles.

HIV is neutral on morality, but if it is given an opening, it can infect the body.

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Wow Strangerland, we agree again.

You don't feel sympathy for someone who was out enjoying being alive, and caught a horrible disease along the way?

While working as a nursing assistant after retiring from the military, I had the opportunity to be with and care for young men who were dying from advanced AIDS. It was a horrible, sad situation to be there and watch them die. While I don't think people, gay or not, should engage in risky behavior, all thoughts about morals or blame went out the window.

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