World AIDS Day, vol.2

Well the other day I did a little sketch for the world AIDS day, which was about the fact that mice don't have a choice, you do. And then Gabrielle had some objections on how single sided I handed such a sensitive subject. No girl she said, if you think that a condom could save you from HIV you are so foolish. And what about those, who suffer? Why don't you use your online voice to urge us to help them? Her comment and a related discussion that my friends and I had, made me think all that.

So here how it goes. I am a biology student. So it happens to know how HIV works, attacks and exploits the body cells, I know how sneaky this virus is. Something that everyone should know. Anyway. It happens also to be very sensitive on this subject too and I see it throug a spesific point of view when it come to protecting yourself.

1. Never. ever. trust 100% anyone else except yourself. Ever! You can't be never 100% sure for everything else apart from the thing in your brain. Test people and situations, do not expose yourself to danger, unless you are completely sure of what you are doing and to whom your  rely on.

2. Educate yourself about the sexually trasfered diseases and have regular check-ups. Being a HIV carrier does not make you an outcast, but for the love of everything nice and good, don't become a moving danger. Protect the people around you. You can't change the world, but you can change the world around you for a start.

I can already hear you whispering to one another that "yeah but HIV can't be transmitted only sexually, you could even be affected by a simple blood transfer. naive you." and "how can you be so cynical with such an illustration and forget all these people that suffer", I thought yes, BUT. Sexually transmitting is one of the main ways of transmitting. Moreover, I think that while the pharmaceutical industry avoid to finance serious research for HIV medicine (maybe because the various treatments pay much more dollars? I am just saying, I don't know. :P ), we have a duty to soften the pain of those who suffer. However, that's not enough. The young people must know. A big percentage of today's teenagers are unaware of how monstrous this disease is. How can you only have to deal with the consequences and don't try to eliminate the problem from its root. From the fucking transmitting? Ha?

So, maybe this might be a better post for world AIDS day. So we all agree that many things must be done. More or less complicated than buying just a condom. Let's start from the basics, shall we? And I will end this by repeating that I am a biology student and you may meet some inside-scientific-jokes here. Spare them. And that I am a cynic, that's how I roll and write.


"no. not me. i keep things in proportion an' try ta see the funny side" 

-The Comedian, Watchmen


Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

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