Young Malaysians, aged 13 to 29 formed 35.9% of all new AIDS infections in the country due to lack of awareness and their tendency to engage in high-risk behaviours.

admin on June 21st, 2012

!n Malaysia, figures in December 2010 show that there are 91,362 reported cases of HIV infection, and 16,352 AIDS cases in Malaysia. We have already lost 12,943 lives.

admin on May 9th, 2012

Prevention is the best medicine! Never gamble your life with HIV.

Please go to the nearest government hospital for blood test if you have reasons to suspect yourself of HIV infection. Antiretroviral treatment is highly effective. Government had implemented highly subsidized program to help all People Living with HIV/AIDS.

Ignore the warning at your own peril. Delay to seek treatment is strongly discouraged. Early treatment will still prolong your life.

DO NOT let a tiny HIV virus defeats you and all your loved ones. Be smart and wise!

admin on February 9th, 2012

Outdoor activities such as gardening, walking and cycling are not only good for your physical health, but can improve your mental health too. Those who are more active have a greater sense of wellbeing and have lower rates of depression and anxiety. Even simple activities like taking a stroll in the park, or doing some gentle outdoor exercise can have big benefits for our mental wellbeing.

Sometimes, getting the motivation to ‘get up and get out’ can be difficult, especially if you’re depressed or feeling low. But making that effort can give your mind a real boost.

admin on September 25th, 2011

HIV is spread by sexual contact with an infected person, by sharing needles and/or syringes (primarily for drug injection) with someone who is infected, or, less commonly (and now very rarely in countries where blood is screened for HIV antibodies), through transfusions of infected blood or blood clotting factors. Babies born to HIV-infected women may become infected before or during birth or through breast-feeding after birth.

Some people fear that HIV might be transmitted in other ways; however, no scientific evidence to support any of these fears has been found. If HIV were being transmitted through other routes (such as through air, water, or insects), the pattern of reported AIDS cases would be much different from what has been observed. For example, if mosquitoes could transmit HIV infection, many more young children and preadolescents would have been diagnosed with AIDS.

admin on June 29th, 2011

Myth: that you can get HIV from using an infected person’s utensils
Truth: one cannot under any circumstances get HIV or AIDS from using the utensils, cloths, sheets or toothbrush of an HIV-positive person. In order to contract the virus there must be an exchange of sexual fluids (i.e. semen or vaginal fluid) or blood that transmits the virus from one body to another.

Myth: that HIV and AIDS are diseases that only affect homosexuals and sex workers.
Truth: anyone can get infected with HIV regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, occupation or class.

Myth: that you can get HIV from kissing, holding hands, sharing the same toilet or room with someone that is HIV positive.
Truth: the saliva in your mouth does not contain enough of the HIV virus to transfer it to another person purely from kissing iii.

Myth: that you can get AIDS from a mosquito bite.
Truth: HIV and AIDS cannot be transmitted through the bites of insects.

Myth: In some parts of Africa it is believed that sex with a virgin can cure AIDS.
Truth: There is no cure for HIV and AIDS.

Myth: That you cannot get HIV from oral sex.
Truth: HIV can be contracted through oral sex, though the possibility is relatively smaller than contracting the virus through sexual intercourse.

Myth: Women that are HIV positive cannot have children without infecting them.
Truth: Without treatment HIV-positive mothers pass HIV to their newborns about 25 percent of the time. However, with modern treatment, this rate has dropped drastically to about 2 percent

admin on June 25th, 2011

Living Greatness is when you truly live
Living Greatness is when you truly give

Live … as if this is your first day
Live … as if this is your last day
Live … as if your life is a miracle
Live … as if you are not going to fail
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You help others when you give
You inspire others when you live strong
You love others when you show compassion

Live your life with greatness
With … the courage of a lion
With … the braveness of a warrior
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With … the compassion of a mother
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Start Living Greatness today
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At the UN high-level meeting on AIDS, Ban Ki-moon called for a global commitment to eliminate AIDS by 2020. The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, called for a global commitment to eliminate AIDS by 2020. “That is our goal – zero new infections, zero stigma and zero AIDS-related deaths.”


The summit – from 8 to 10 June – concluded with the adoption of a declaration that by 2015 seeks to double the number of people on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment to 15 million, end mother-to-child transmission of HIV, halve tuberculosis-related deaths in people living with HIV, and increase preventive measures for the “most vulnerable populations”.

admin on May 15th, 2011

More Malaysians were infected with HIV/AIDS via sexual transmission last year, making up 48.5% of the new cases of infections.

This is the first time that unguarded sexual activity has caused more new HIV/AIDS infection cases than drug use through injections.

Statistics from the Malaysian AIDS Council also revealed that homosexual and bisexual transmission cases have shot up last year, from 162 cases to 201.

New cases of HIV/AIDS infections last year numbered at 3,090.

The trend has changed. HIV/AIDS in Malaysia did not spread mostly by needle injections as most of us were made to believe.

admin on May 11th, 2011

In this traditionally conservative country Malaysia AIDS Council (MAC) has been building partnerships with national and state level religious departments and the policy making Department of Islamic Development (JAKIM) to provide greater support to the Malay Muslim population who have been hardest hit by the country’s epidemic.

71% of the total cases of HIV are among the Malaysian Muslim community, with injecting drug use being the main driver of the epidemic in the country.

Strict legal, religious and socio-cultural environments affect peoples’ ability to access appropriate HIV and AIDS education, treatment and care services.

MAC’s initiative HIV & Islam was started in 2008. Partnerships have been successfully developed between JAKIM and MAC which are creating opportunities for more meaningful engagement with religious leaders to advocate for evidence informed public health approaches to respond to HIV and AIDS.

An HIV & Islam manual was launched in 2010 with the critically important message about Islam’s intolerance for stigma and discrimination, a huge barrier to HIV prevention, treatment and care in the Muslim community.

The manual has been developed to institutionalise HIV and AIDS education into the formal training of new Muslim leaders. The manual covers issues such as the role of religious leaders in spreading messages of HIV and AIDS awareness, principles of HIV prevention from the perspective of Islam, and healthcare and welfare services available for the Muslim community.

The International AIDS Memorial Day is an annual event in Malaysia. For the first time in 2009 the Memorial Day was held at a mosque, complete with mainstream media coverage. The event was marked with mass Islamic prayers and Qur’an recitals to remember lives lost to HIV, along with a panel discussion on HIV for a popular religious television talk show. Around 1000 people attended.

Last year involved the local Islamic council in Terengganu one of the states hardest hit by HIV and this year it will be led by Selangor State Islamic Council on May 13th.

With the gap in provision of support services for Muslim people living with HIV several religious authorities have improved the availability of home based care services.

In 2010 the first shelter home was opened in Kuang, an hour’s drive outside the capital city Kuala Lumpur. Istana Budi was funded by the Selangor State Islamic Council. It accommodates up to 50 residents and is run by professional care givers providing rehabilitation and basic nursing care.

Another centre is in the pipeline and should be available next year. This is a joint collaboration between MAC, JAKIM and the Federal Territory Islamic Council. It will be a hub where high quality nursing, palliative care, counselling, job placement, family reunification and hospital follow up services will operate.

One of the most highly stigmatised groups in Malaysian society are the transgenders who find themselves shunned by society and struggling to get employment. As a result they often resort to sex work and which increases their risks of HIV and vulnerability to violence.

In an unprecedented move to improve the livelihoods of Muslim transgenders, Dagang Halal, a food products and services company through a joint collaboration with JAKIM and MAC piloted an employment training programme for transgenders.

The aim is to increase greater social acceptance of transgenders within the highly conservative Muslim community. The pilot provided transgender participants with HIV and AIDS education and religious and spiritual lessons, as well as professional skills and development training. At the end participants were given the opportunity to apply for jobs.

Following the success of the pilot it will be replicated in other parts of the country and expanded to include former prisoners, people who use drugs and single mothers.

A mosque in one of the country’s most prominent universities in Kuala Lumpur is currently being used as a place to administer methadone treatment to people who use drugs for a study on treatment of drug dependence.

Based on the findings of the study JAKIM will develop a protocol to standardise operational procedures and packages of services.

This is all part of the wider work being done by the state religious authorities and JAKIM to provide HIV education and spiritual support through outreach activities to those communities most at risk of HIV such as sex workers, transgenders and people who use drugs.

One of the most effective ways to communicate about HIV prevention and awareness to the Muslim public is through Friday sermons. JAKIM have now made it practice that for the Friday sermon closest to World AIDS Day should be about HIV.

Since the start of the HIV & Islam programme in 2009 a total of four one-hour HIV centred episodes have been broadcast on the highly popular Forum Perdana television talk show.

While still in its infancy is it impressive how much has already been achieved by the HIV & Islam programme. The work will continue to create an enabling environment for Muslim people to access HIV prevention, treatment and care thanks to the ongoing commitment of the religious institutions and MAC.