Get Better – an important message about taking responsibility for your own health this World AIDS Day

I’ve always admired the poetic and extremely articulate lyricism of Scroobius Pip. He flows words effortlessly in a way that you find yourself listening intently to the important messages that he tries to convey. The song Get Better by Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip is of no exception.
He describes the situation of sexual health awareness in London, where he hopes that we develop a society in which we don’t criticise young people. Instead we should focus on encouraging people to educate themselves before making uninformed decisions.
A particular section of the song struck me the most, with the lyrics: ‘The internet and public services give free education. So it really ain’t a case of rich of poor, it’s a case of self motivation and nothing more. Like Billy says, whether you have or have not wealth, the system may fail you but don’t fail yourself.’
This World AIDS Day saw the launch of a new research publication carried out by NAT (National AIDS Trust). It highlighted the striking lack of knowledge amongst the people it surveyed across the UK. It is astounding that with all the free access to information, people are still blissfully unaware of the basic facts about HIV. The suggested reasons for this are plentiful but one of the theories centre around the notion that people have become nonchalant. Sexual health is seen as a less important concern when people feel that any infection they acquire can be removed by simply taking a drug. A quick fix and it’s all gone. However people are blissfully unaware of the facts regarding the range of infections that could affect them at some point in their lives if they do not protect themselves and others. They are uninformed of re infection complications, drug tolerances and issues with late detections.
This World AIDS Day, should be an opportunity to inform ourselves about our own sexual health and take responsibility for our own actions. There really isn’t an excuse. The abundance of free information, testing and counseling in sexual health service means that we don’t have to look very far for free advice, even from the comfort of your own home.

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