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Author Topic: My first active"World Aids day" in NZ  (Read 1859 times)

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Offline anniebc

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My first active"World Aids day" in NZ
« on: December 01, 2006, 06:10:08 PM »
Hi everyone.
I know some of you have seen this already (I sent out the first edition to you) but I wasn't sure wether or not to post this..but my son talked me into it and thought it a good idea..any feed back, critisism, or advise would be listened to and appreciated...this was the first time I have been able to do anything on "World Aids day" in my community..and it was a great experience for me..thanks for reading.

Jan :-*
 L O C A L   N E W S   S T O R Y   

Plea for Aids education for youth
02 December 2006 
By John Anderson

(second editition)

Matarua woman Jan Waddell believes Southland is in desperate need of HIV-Aids education for youth.

Mrs Waddell was diagnosed with HIV in 2002 after being pricked with a patient's needle while working as a nurse in Australia.

The disease was still hiding in the shadows and there was not enough public awareness, particularly among the younger generation, she said.

"It's hard to get them to do the right thing, especially when drugs and alcohol are involved. They're not thinking properly, and safe sex is something they don't seem to worry about so we need to better educate them."

The larger centres have more support channels for HIV-Aids sufferers, but the closest New Zealand Aids Foundation centre was in Christchurch, a seven-hour drive from Invercargill.

Mrs Waddell, who lives on a farm with her husband, said HIV was still considered a "gay disease" in these parts and people did not realise how many heterosexual people were being diagnosed with HIV every year.

The standard of living for HIV sufferers is far better than it had been in the 80's, with many more drugs on the market.

However, they still cause nasty side effects, she said.

The availability of drugs have caused complacency in the younger generation, because they no longer thought of it as a big deal to be HIV positive.
 Mrs Waddell said the stigma attached to the disease was still around, but said so far she had not been a victim in NZ and has put this down to her openness about her HIV status.

Mrs Waddell along with her HIV-Aids Support Group and a team of friends hit the streets yesterday collecting donations and giving out red ribbons to mark World Aids Day.

Mrs Waddell said the response from the public had been really good and she was pleased with the number of people giving donations, even though the day was more about getting public awareness for HIV-Aids.

People donated even if they did not want to wear a ribbon, she said.

Mrs Waddell regularly talks with Otago and Dunedin University health science students and Medical students in a bid to raise awareness among the future medical practitioners.
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Re: My first active"World Aids day" in NZ
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2006, 06:28:35 PM »

You are an inspiration.  Your courage to put yourself out there publicly, not only for educational purposes, but to present the reality of the ever broadening face of HIV, is something that we should all applaud. 

I admire you more (if that's even possible--cause you had me at "hello" about 3 years ago) each and every day.


P.S. remind me to tell you the remarkable experience I had with a high school class today.  They blew me away with how knowledgeable they were.

Offline Oceanbeach

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Re: My first active"World Aids day" in NZ
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2006, 06:34:07 PM »
Good work Jan,

Here in Sonoma County, we had hoped for an organized memorial memorial service with candle lighting in a park.  Our Persons Living With HIV/AIDS Committee (PAC) had discussed this idea last year as there were no functions to attend.  The Public Health Department has a display in Santa Rosa on AIDS (globally, locally and individually) which will be open for the month of December.  It seems that you and your friends in NZ have done more in one day than we have in an entire year.  Very good job... Have the best day

Offline Teresa

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Re: My first active"World Aids day" in NZ
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2006, 07:37:53 PM »
WTG Jan!

You are an inspirition!

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Offline AlanBama

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Re: My first active"World Aids day" in NZ
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2006, 07:54:52 PM »
Yay Jan.   Our angel is spreading her wings.....

Very fitting for World AIDS Day!

hugs & kisses,

Alan  :-*
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Offline Eldon

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Re: My first active"World Aids day" in NZ
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2006, 10:04:33 PM »
Hey Jan,

Indeed you are a true inspiration. My hat goes off to you for your efforts.

Make the BEST of each Day!

Offline JohnOso

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Re: My first active"World Aids day" in NZ
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2006, 05:02:52 AM »

You truly are an inspiration.  You roll up your sleeves and get down in the trenches (and manage to look fabulous while doing it  :D)!


Offline Cliff

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Re: My first active"World Aids day" in NZ
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2006, 06:02:15 PM »
Jan this is great.  I'm glad you posted it so that the wider audience can see it.  I especially like this part...

Mrs Waddell said the stigma attached to the disease was still around, but said so far she had not been a victim in NZ and has put this down to her openness about her HIV status.
This is so true.  So much of the stigma is self-inflicted.

Keep up the good work and keep sharing.  You're an inspiration.

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: My first active"World Aids day" in NZ
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2006, 07:35:06 PM »
Great work, Jan. You are one allaround sweetheart!

Big hugs and cheers,
Andy Velez


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