NEW!! The paintings by seven HIV adolescents reveal their journey of life living with HIV since they were young and strong
I tell myself everyday to be strong so I can overcome all the difficulties to reach my goal.
(Bua, age 20, is a first year university student. She is now following her dream to be an artist. Ever since she was 13 years old and discovered that she had HIV, she wanted to become an artist after experiencing the healing powers of art therapy.)
Facts about the children and HIV/AIDS
HIV-infected children can study, grow up and lead normal lives
· Some people believe that children living with HIV will always be unhealthy and live only for a short time so it is not worth looking after them or giving them any education. This is far from the truth. Children living with HIV can study, grow up and lead normal lives if they receive proper care and early treatment before any illnesses become serious.
· These days, all kinds of opportunistic infections can be treated and some can be prevented. At the same time, antiretroviral medicine can reduce the amount of HIV in the child. The medicine allows the children to increase their immunity so their body can prevent the occurrence of opportunistic infections and also reduce symptoms of illnesses.
You cannot get HIV/AIDS from spending time with HIV-infected children
· There is no risk of getting HIV from spending time with HIV-infected children. You cannot catch HIV by studying, playing, eating and sharing the same things with an infected child.
· The HIV virus cannot live outside the body. HIV has to live in the blood and other fluids inside the body such as semen and fluid from the birth canal. Breast milk can also contain a small amount of the virus. Saliva has very small amounts of HIV that it presents no risk of infection whatsoever.
· In order for HIV to spread from one person to another, a person must come into contact with the virus and there must be a way for the virus to enter the person’s body. For example, the virus can pass through the soft skin of the vagina or penis. If the skin is cut or has an open wound, then the virus can go directly into the blood stream. If the skin is intact, then the virus cannot enter the body.
Space is Still Available
I have grown up in this world. This earth still has space for me. Create a beautiful world.
(New, age 21, is a third year university student. New has experienced all kinds of things in her life, from mockery to abomination. Her mother passed away when New was very young. Her father has a new family. New was raised by her grandmother in a very poor family. She is passionate towards art. Art helps her alleviate her stress and build her self-esteem. It has also helped her to become strong enough to view life in a positive way.)
Paintings & Stories: Bua, New, Misa, Mix, Sun, Sattha, Hani
Editor & Coordinator: Dr. Torsak Bunupuradah, Sudrak Lakhonphon, Sangla Najai, Chutima Ketbamrung, Chutima Saisaengjan, Nicha Leehacharoenkul
English Translator : Sutthida Malikaew, Piraporn June Ohata
Art Design and Art Work: Wattanasin Suwarattananon
This is a fundraising enterprise used to support activities for children living with HIV/AIDS
Half Full of Happiness
I have already received half. I am looking for the other half to complete it.
(Mix, age 18, is a senior in high school. He has grown up under the care of his uncle and aunt after his father and mother passed away. Mix and his older sister were later asked to leave their house because the burden was too much. Mix and his older sister live independently by renting a room. His older sister had to work and study in the university at the same time. However, Mix is much happier living only with his older sister. He hopes that if he is admitted to the university this year, his life will be fulfilled.)