hairylunch (hairylunch) wrote,

Muppets and HIV

Interesting post here talking about how the UN has recognized a Muppet that has HIV. The poster goes on with an editorial that discusses how she finds it silly that children of the Sesame Street age need to know about STDs.

The writer seems to have a US bias, not recognizing the prevalence of HIV in South Africa. Depending on the study, in South Africa, approximately 1 out of 6 or 1 out of 20 children have HIV, 1 out of 3 or 1 out of 11 20-24 year olds do, and 1 out of 3 or 1 out of 6 age 25-30 do.

I'd say for a South African resident, with HIV prevalence rates that high, this is a very valid issue that needs to be addressed, especially since there are a significant number of children who are carriers, primarily through being children of HIV carriers. Even going with the 1 out of the 20 figure (and assuming that children don't know anyone in the 20-30 age bracket) the odds of them being around someone who's HIV positive is rather likely, and awareness of the issue is a necessity.

Now, for the US-centric view, she's probably right, we can afford to shelter our children as the issue isn't one they have to face, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's right.

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