The blogpost by sisters, jeans and messy buns, drew my attention to this years returning LIFE BALL in Vienna, Austria. One of the sisters is a study-college of mine, and I thought I just have to cover this IMPORTANT topic in english, too. Here is their post:
I’ll just give you a quick overview about HIV and AIDS and why it’s such an important topic. There are currently about 36.7 million people living with HIV/AIDS. In 2015 about 2.1 million were infected and there are 2 new diagnoses every day in AUSTRIA. – source
Human Immunodeficiency Virus is a subgroup of retrovirus and causes HIV infection and over time AIDS. HIV is damageable by disinfectant and even air, so that droplet infection or smear infection is highly unlikely. Infection with HIV occurs by the transfer of blood, semen, vaginal fluid, pre-ejaculate, or breast milk. – source 1, source 2
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome is a condition which leads to progressive failure of the immune system. This allows life-threatening opportunistic infections and cancers to thrive. Without treatment, average survival time is estimated to be 9 to 11 years. To reduce your risk of HIV infection, use condoms correctly every time you have vaginal, oral, or anal sex. – source 1, source 2
The Girls from sisters, jeans and messy buns even covered contraception, so head over if you are interested.
After a one year break, the LIFE BALL in Vienna is coming back and will take place on June 10th. In this ‘Gap-Year’ they redefined themself. 1993 the Life Ball was established by Gery Keszler and Dr. Torgom Petrosian. In 2015 they donated 2.3 million Euros to HIV and AIDS projects. This year the Life Ball got a whole new look and a new umbrella brand, named LIFE+. The concept of LIFE+ stands on three pillars, and I quote from their website:
- A new platform – “Build a brand”
- And a new production – “Make it feel”
- New content – “Change the conversation”
They will focus on specific aspects of HIV and AIDS give them the much needed attention and try to presence all year round. The main event will still be the LIFE BALL. This years topic is:
Know your status!
You can only protect people, if you know that you are not infected! In Vienna you can get tested anonymous and for free, at the Aids Hilfe Wien in the 6th district.
What is: Life Ball NEXT GENERATION
Often, teenagers have insufficient knowledge and access to education about sexual health. Even in many schools, teachers recoil to speak openly about sexual intercourse.
Life Ball NEXT GENERATION is a cooperation with Jugend gegen AIDS e.V. which has made it its mission to support schools in their educational work. They are offering free-of-charge sex education in schools and youth centers.
In the course young people, between 16-18 years, receive training to become peer-educators. They will go on to work independently as advocates and trainers in their schools to offer age appropriate sex education to their peers.
If you want to be part of this movement? You are between 16-18 years old? Then become a peer educator HERE
05./06. Mai in Graz
07./08. Mai in Wien
What to expect:
- Rhetoric and body language
- Conflict management
- Medical expertise
- Know-how about sexually transmitted diseases
- Sexual identity
- Presentation skills
‘Do what you want. Do it with love, respect and condoms.’
cover picture (c) Jugend gegen AIDS e.V.