Thinking throughout HIV: changing a perspective

(Credit: Unsplash)

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Adrian Goss, a second-year medical student at Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, Poland. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European Sting’s one.


Who would ever think that viruses can give us lessons in being humans?

Generally, when it comes to solving problems, most of us focus on their closest community. On occasion it happens nationally, and infrequently – globally.

Simple proof – almost a year ago the whole globe thought ‘this strange, new coronavirus is only a problem in China’ and just look where we end up. Time flies and we are still not smart enough to understand one simple fact – WE have problems. Living as a part of a cross-cultural world in which you can travel everywhere forces us to change the way of thinking.

In today’s world, every kind of solution must be global.

I live and study in Poland. Many of you can think that the country located in central Europe, a member of the EU, is a place where, in general, the level of sexual education is good. Nothing could be further from the truth, my parents (now people in their forties) have not received any kind of sexual education in school and even after the political system changed (1989), nothing really changed. My education (I am twenty-one years old) was only slightly better, but, fortunately, I am part of an era of different accessibility to information.

I couldn’t agree more – SRHR stops spreading HIV and saves lives by helping prevent infection, showing hazardous behaviors, giving basic knowledge about what the virus is and why it is dangerous, saying about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and ART or ARV treatment but…

Noble discussion if or how HIV could be prevented via usage of SRHR is upstanding but useless for now. Sexual education in counties other than highly developed is a myth. We do not have a sexually and reproductively aware community in many countries all around the world – you can ascertain about it by visiting WHO’s website (srhr.org). According to this fact, a lot of unaware people are unprotected and that means, potentially, they can become part of the HIV infected and HIV positive group.

Simplifying – in areas where SRHR is not even at a primary level – we have no chance of winning.

The base of SRHR is education. And SRHR is the most powerful tool for ending HIV. Awareness, good practices, avoiding hazardous behaviors comes from education. Only when someone understands the importance of the case within all mechanisms and answers the few questions – what is it? how does it work? why? What can I do to help?. After that, the individual can be part of a positive movement.

Thus, if we want real change, we must start with areas and communities where SRHR does not exist. Moreover, the case is not about a few groups living in specific territories. We must be going globally.

First and maybe the last step to the ultimate win is to spread the knowledge associated with SRHR globally in an accessible way. 

WE can only defend HIV according to the proper EDUACTION that builds SRHR and by using GLOBAL THINKING.

About the author

Adrian Goss is a second-year medical student at Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, Poland, president of the newly opened IFMSA-Poland Local Committee and vice-president of Faculty Student Council. During school years, he has had an affair with creative writing. Not only a future doctor but a human being who is interested in fashion, cinema, art, and travelling around the world on his own. He is also a strong believer of the positive globalization role in society development. On a personal level, he is really open-minded and thinks that we should be united and conquer every border between people to create a better world.

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

This is the environmental catastrophe you’ve probably never heard of

Electronic cigarettes, a better alternative or a well-advertised product

Parmesan cheese on shelves in Italy (Copyright: European Union, 2014 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service / Photo: Daniela Giusti)

CETA at risk again: Italy says it won’t ratify EU-Canada trade deal over product protection fears

ECB’s unconventional monetary measures give first tangible results

Cleaner Air in 2020: 0.5% sulphur cap for ships enters into force worldwide

Antimicrobial resistance: how can an intersectoral approach between society and healthcare professionals be developed and applied?

6th Edition of India m2m + iot Forum to open its door on 14th January, in association with The European Sting

Why press freedom should be at the top of everyone’s agenda

UN chief saddened at news of death of former US President George H.W. Bush

Cum-ex tax fraud scandal: MEPs call for inquiry, justice, and stronger tax authorities

Davos on Climate Change: citizens demanding more actions while CEOs tried to balance profit with sustainability

Mobility package: Parliament adopts position on overhaul of road transport rules

This top-10 of business risks misses the biggest of them all: climate change

Nepal faces a crisis as COVID-19 stems the flow of remittances

Fairness in the Food Supply Chain: Commission welcomes Member States’ support for greater price transparency

Can we automate our way out of the savings crisis?

Climate action: 4 shifts the UN chief encourages Governments to make

Around 23 million boys have married before reaching 15; ‘we can end this violation’ says UNICEF chief

The multidisciplinary team facing the multidrug resistant form of Tuberculosis in the state of Amazonas (Brazil)

EU and U.S. castigate Facebook on Cambridge Analytica scandal as citizens’ data privacy goes down the drain again

Humans have caused this environmental crisis. It’s time to change how we think about risk

What is hydroponics – and is it the future of farming?

Mental health in medical students: the deciphered quandary

UN chief condemns air strike that hit school bus in northern Yemen, killing scores of children

The European Parliament double-checks the EU 2014-2020 budget

What you need to know about the Sustainable Development Impact Summit

How to help an ageing population stay wealthy for longer

One million facing food shortages, nutrition crisis after Mozambique cyclones: UNICEF

UNICEF chief hopes 2020 will be ‘a year of peace’ for Syria’s children

Polluted lungs: health in the center of environment discussion

MEPs want the EU to play a stronger role in improving public health

Can we put a price on clean air? Yes, we can

Commission introduces surveillance of imports of bioethanol, and remains open to examining requests from other sectors

The European Brain Drain: a truth or a myth?

In this Tokyo cafe, the waiters are robots operated remotely by people with disabilities

How can we produce enough protein to feed 10 billion people?

Reforms in a few countries drive a decline in average OECD labour taxes

Western Sahara: a ‘peaceful solution’ to conflict is possible, says UN envoy

The first new university in the UK for 40 years is taking a very different approach to education

This is what a Green New Deal for Europe could look like

How UN cultural treasures helped set the stage for Game of Thrones

Parliament boosts consumer rights online and offline

Militias force nearly 2,000 to leave Libyan capital’s largest shelter for internally-displaced: UNHCR

Key quotes from China’s Premier Li on COVID-19, the economy and US relations

EU Citizenship: New survey shows EU citizens are more aware of their rights

FROM THE FIELD: South Sudan’s green shoots, highlight environmental recovery from war

UN chief hails victory of ‘political will’ in historic Republic of North Macedonia accord

We have a space debris problem. Here’s how to solve it

Hiring more female leaders is good for profits. Here’s the evidence

Why we need to solve our quantum security challenges

70 years on, landmark UN human rights document as important as ever

Righting a wrong: UN Fund helps thousands of sex abuse survivors rebuild their lives

What the future holds for the EU – China relations?

As human genome editing moves from the lab to the clinic, the ethical debate is no longer hypothetical

Companies have a new skill to master – innovation

Why 2020 will see the birth of the ‘trust economy’

The Italian crisis may act as a catalyst for less austerity

Foreign direct investments the success secrete of Eurozone

What makes America the world’s most competitive economy?

Climate Change and Human Health: Two Faces of The Same Coin

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s