Friday, June 30, 2006

Do you know your HIV Status?

I just read a post on this site where the blogger is trying to comfort someone who has just found out they are HIV positive. Its extremely sadening and while there weren't a lot of details on the article, I must admit that I wouldn't know how to react. What do you say?

A few years ago I had to do a HIV test as part of a mortgage application process cause "I've lived in a country which is high risk for HIV" ie Nigeria! (WTF?) They kept me waiting for the results for 2 weeks and once I received the negative results I swore off unprotected sex for life (well almost).

I also just read here about how Washington DC has plans to do voluntary HIV tests on all its population aged between 14 and 84. They reckon about 43,000 Americans became infected with HIV in 2004, and over 1 million Americans carry the virus of which number a quarter are unaware of their status and are thus liable to be spreading it.

I've had the discussion about HIV status with a couple of friends and they said like Mario Winans they don't wanna know. Do you want to know? (Your HIV Status that is).

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Wimbledon and Equal Pay

In addtion to death and Taxes, rain during the Wimbledon fornight has got to be the third certainty of life. As soon as I looked out my window on waking up yesterday morning and saw the rain, I knew Wimbledon had started. Only 44 minutes of play took place yesterday on the first day of the tournament.

Fortunately the World Cup has stolen a lot of the attention away from the tennis tournament and thus British hopes aren't being built up again unrealistically - well at least not in the tennis. Henman wasn't seeded and if he gets past the Swedish Soederling in his first match today he will probably face the reigning champion and world number one Roger Federer later in the week. So Englands best hopes probably lie with Andy Murray who should he get to the third round will probably have to meet the talented Andy Roddick, its just as well the football is on.

Meanwhile Venus has gone and restoked the controversy over Equal Pay for women at Wimbledon. The Womens winners gets prize money of £625,000 with the mens winner taking home £655,000. Venus reckons that its a human rights issue as since the difference in prize money is less than 5% the tournament organisers use it to make a social and political point rather than it being recompense for the effort put in. I say since the women only play best of 3 sets compared to best of 5 sets like the men then the prize money needs to reflect this. Chikena.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Who gives a fuck about Togo?

Those idiots - the players - are threatening to boycott their next game against Switzerland if they are not paid the huge bonuses they are requesting. With France drawing against South Korea today this represents their best opportunity to qualify for the next round. They would be banned from the next world cup and fined heavily if they boycott their next game and give Switzerland an automatic win. My feeling is that for them to be threatening to boycott a match for 3/4 days they don't have much hope of winning it anyway.

Thank God for Ghana.

Friday, June 02, 2006