if I had HIV, would you kiss me?

Via Conor on Twitter, a great online video about HIV and Stigma with Konnie Huq (remember Blue Peter?) by the Birtish Red Cross for World AIDS Day 2009.

The blurb:

What would it take for you to kiss someone with HIV? If Konnie Huq was HIV positive, would you kiss her?

The stigma experienced by people living with HIV and AIDS is immensely destructive and can further damage people who may already be in a vulnerable state. For World AIDS Day 2009, the British Red Cross carried out a survey of 16-25-year-olds in the UK, which showed that 85 per cent knew you cannot catch HIV from a kiss. Despite this, 69 per cent still wouldn’t kiss someone with HIV. So while people’s knowledge about HIV is generally good, that doesn’t necessarily translate into action.

Its not just about close contact like kissing the general trend is similar for more casual contact as well. For example, 96 per cent of people surveyed know you can’t get HIV from sharing a meal with someone who is HIV positive – but 44 per cent still wouldn’t want to buy food from a shopkeeper with HIV.

Red Cross peer educators are young people who train and teach people their own age, covering a range of humanitarian issues, including HIV. We can always use more volunteers for this challenging and rewarding role, so if you’d like to change the way people think about HIV, visit redcross.org.uk/hiv

What would it take for you to kiss someone with HIV? If Konnie Huq was HIV positive, would you kiss her?

The stigma experienced by people living with HIV and AIDS is immensely destructive and can further damage people who may already be in a vulnerable state. For World AIDS Day 2009, the British Red Cross carried out a survey of 16-25-year-olds in the UK, which showed that 85 per cent knew you cannot catch HIV from a kiss. Despite this, 69 per cent still wouldn’t kiss someone with HIV. So while people’s knowledge about HIV is generally good, that doesn’t necessarily translate into action.

Its not just about close contact like kissing the general trend is similar for more casual contact as well. For example, 96 per cent of people surveyed know you can’t get HIV from sharing a meal with someone who is HIV positive – but 44 per cent still wouldn’t want to buy food from a shopkeeper with HIV.

Red Cross peer educators are young people who train and teach people their own age, covering a range of humanitarian issues, including HIV. We can always use more volunteers for this challenging and rewarding role, so if you’d like to change the way people think about HIV, visit redcross.org.uk/hiv

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Some Videos on the No Side

I came across two videos about the no campaign. The first is by Ireland for Europe and is directed solely at Coir/Youth Defence.

The Second is by Generation Yes and takes a wider look at the groups of the No Side.

Who do we want to influence our European Policy?

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Practical Reason to Vote Yes: Crime

Generation Yes have produced a fantastic youtube video giving a few practical reasons to vote yes on the Lisbon Treaty. This video gives a few reasons in the area of Crime, especially in the area of human trafficking and drug smuggling.

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Goodnight, Travel Well

This is the new video from the Killers. It has been made in conjunction with UNICEF, MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) and US Agency for International Development (USAID). It is a haunting video. Full PR under the video

Starting today, MTV audiences around the world will see a new music video that aims to raise awareness about sex trafficking. Featuring the rock band The Killers, the video is an exclusive collaboration between UNICEF, MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) and the US Agency for International Development.

The track, Goodnight, Travel Well, is from the album Day & Age. The video is the second in a series of music video collaborations that highlight the danger and impact of human trafficking.

The series launched last year with an award-winning film – produced by MTV EXIT that featured the Radiohead single All I Need.

Via UN Dispatch

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Foot of the Mountain

a-ha at Irving Plaza 1
Image by Whistling in the Dark via Flickr

I tweeted today asking if anyone else had heard A-ha’s (remember them?) new song. I was shocked to get tweets back saying they didnt know they had a song out. When I was in Germany I kept hearing the song so I assumed it was on release here, but I was wrong. Anyway here is the song. It sounds like a bit like Take That, or as one tweeter put it a “Nordic Take That”!

Anyway check out the song its called “Foot of the Mountain” and may be on release here soon.

What you think of it?

Political blogging will resume soon.

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Putting in Persepective: Aid vs Bailouts

This is from the UN Millennium Campaign and certainly puts things in perspective.

Lets hope they do something about it at the UN General Assembly’s high-level summit on the economic crisis, which is currently taking place.

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Fine Gael European Election PEB

The Fine Gael Party Election Broadcast for the European Elections is up on Youtube. I have posted it below also. I think it is a good one and really puts the focus on the candidates. Do watch it.

(Found Via Irish Election)

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How desperate are you for a Job? NSFW??

Heres a fun video from a friend on Facebook. It may offend some readers..

No politics this weekend, its a bank holiday!

Think Big – Vote Green?

European Green Party
Image via Wikipedia

(H/t Julien Frisch on twitter)

This is the Campaign spot of the European Green Party. Its well made, but will it make a difference? How many people will actually watch it? Or will it be even shown on National Television?

Also the European Greens only make up the 5th largest group in the Parliament as they are grouped with the European Free Alliance. But the Greens make do make up the majority of the Members of the Parliamentry Group.

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Something to cheer up your evening

I saw this over on Turbulence Ahead and had to post it. This happened at Antwerps main station, could you imagine them doing it in Heuston?