Maybe you haven’t had such an experience Have you ever saved someone’s life? If so, you too know how satisfying, how wonderful that can feel. But even if you have only helped someone with some small thing, you know that feeling. You know how good it feels to help someone. One way to help someone is to take HIVE-AIDS seriously. It’s important to take AIDS seriously–here In Japan today. You may think that HIVE-AIDS is mainly a problem for developing countries in Africa or South Asia. But it’s not a problem just for them.
Infection rates are rising in Japan. In fact, Japan is the only industrialized country where HIVE/AIDS infection rates rose last year. Some people think this is a problem for hospitals or the government. As you know, most people who got AIDS 20 years ago got it from loot transfusions. Today, the blood supply is safe, and now the main source of infection is sexual contact. This tragic situation does not have to continue. All of us have the responsibility to help stop it. What do I mean by taking AIDS seriously?
It means educating yourself about safe sex and telling others about it. When people have knowledge, they have power. As more and more people understand how HIVE is transmitted and how to prevent that, the infection rates will go down. One way to do this is to start a “Circle for AIDS Study and Teaching”, as some students did at Anza University in Nagoya. They wanted to learn more bout this disease, and they thought other students would too. One of their main activities is visiting junior and senior high schools to give lectures.
The organizer Of the group, Make Kiowa, says, “As we are students, we know how boring it can be to take an academic class. AIDS is a serious theme to deal with. So you have to twist this seriousness. ” In other words, they make learning fun and interesting. And in doing so they are taking HIVE/AIDS seriously. Members also know how to have fun on their own. They have parties, and they’ve also volunteered at community events, which raise money for different charitable groups. The groups get money, and the circle members get a lot of satisfaction.