Wednesday, August 27, 2008!
HandWritten on; 8:41 AM
Which famous people died of STIs, you might be asking. Well, here are your answers
1. Henry VIII
died of syphillis
and his son also died of it because he contracted the disease in the mother's womb.
2. Alphonse Gabriel Capone
(January 17, 1899 – January 25, 1947), more popularly known as Al "Scarface" Capone, was a famous American gangster in the 1920s and 1930s, although his business card is reported to have said he was a dealer in used furniture. A Neapolitan born in New York, Capone began his career in Brooklyn before moving to Chicago and becoming that city's most notorious crime figure. By the end of the 1920s Al Capone was on the Bureau of Investigation's "Most Wanted" list. His downfall occurred in 1931 when he was indicted and convicted by the federal government for income tax evasion and sent to the notorious island prison of Alcatraz. He died in 1947 of Sometime in the mid-1930s, and at Alcatraz, Capone began showing signs of dementia, probably related to a case of untreated syphilis
he contracted as a young man. He spent the last year of his sentence in the prison hospital, and was released late in 1939. After spending a year of residential treatment at a hospital in Baltimore, he retired to his estate in Miami, FL.
Capone was now a broken man. He no longer controlled any mafia interests. On January 21, 1947, Capone died of syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease, which is very harmful if not treated. In Capone's case, it resulted in Capone's death at his estate in Miami, Florida.
HandWritten on; 7:06 AM
STD is a global issue. Not only in western countries, even in asian countries for example japan is encounting such issues.
In Japan, one of the world's wealthiest societies, awareness of the risks posed by the disease is almost non-existent among many young people, and yet their sexual behaviour is increasingly risky.
While HIV infection rates in Japan remain officially low at around 6,000, experts fear the real total could be higher, and will get a lot worse unless attitudes begin to change to a disease many Japanese believe only foreigners can catch.
Why is japan's infection rate increasing?
"We never had much sex education at school. We were taught little about contraception, or how you catch HIV or other diseases. Teachers just don't feel comfortable talking about sex," she said.
HIV tests are being offered in Japan's clubs
Her friend, Madoka Izumi, also a high school student, agreed.
"I go to a girl's school, and we've never been able to learn what boys think about sex. They've taught us some of the physical sides of sex, but none of the emotional aspects, so we're not really prepared to deal with it," she said.
Yusuke Izumi, a university student, said: "I don't remember getting any sex education at school - we just talked about it among ourselves, about the things we did with girls."
Adults are probably oblivious about teenagers' sexual activity, Mariko said.
"Parents always think their children are different. They can't imagine them having sex or having abortions. They can only think of them studying hard at school."
By the age of 17, more than a third of teenagers in Japan have already had sex at least once.
There are other statistics which Dr Akaeda finds even more alarming. Sexually-transmitted diseases are rising rapidly among young women - a sure sign of having sex with multiple partners but without using condoms.
"Teenagers these days are very casual about sex. They're happy to have sex with anyone they meet - they use phrases like 'let's play together?'
"I gave away vouchers for free STD tests to girls, and found that 82% them were infected.
"It's incredible. I suspect a lot of them may have HIV as well."
In Japan, sex has become a freely-traded commodity, seemingly unconstrained by moral concerns.
Dozens of pornographic cable TV channels on sale here, and yet sales of condoms have been falling for several years.
"We're very concerned about the negative image of condoms among young people, because it's not just HIV, but other sexually-transmitted diseases which are spreading," said Toshiaki Ishii, of the Okamoto Condom Co Ltd.
"We're trying to find ways to make them more appealing, but so far without success. I think the lack of sex education is partly to blame for this," he said.
The absolute number of people infected with HIV in Japan is still quite small - but unlike other developed countries, every year that number keeps rising.
Actually talking about sex to their children, though, is another matter.
"Well it's rather difficult to bring this subject up in a casual way. If I can find the right opportunity, I hope I will feel able to discuss it," said one mother.
"I think this is a subject our children are already interested in, so I guess they'll understand if we raise it with them," another said.
Young people often seem like Japan's golden generation, unburdened by the work ethic of their parents, enjoying more leisure, more affluence, more security.
In such a cosseted environment it is hard to imagine the spectre of Aids. But it is here, and they don't seem to realise.
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