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David Beckham in Swaziland

David Beckham, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador travelled to Swaziland, Africa on June 8th 2016 to meet a community which is, among other things, regularly hit by droughts. Indeed, during his stay, David experienced the worst drought in years. Not only are the children struck by natural disasters, but they are also highly vulnerable to HIV, AIDS and malnutrition (about 26 million children are currently facing hunger).

What is the difference between HIV and AIDS?

HIV is the acronym for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. This virus which cannot be cured attacks the body’s immune system, and any opportunistic infection will cause irreversible damage to the human body. When someone’s immune system is weakened to the point that their organism cannot defend itself at all, it means they have AIDS.

One should note that no medicine can cure HIV or AIDS currently. However, with proper medication, HIV can be controlled. The only preventive way to help those who suffer from HIV is through antiretroviral therapy, also known as ART. It is crucial for you to get a check-up if you have doubts about whether you are infected or not. HIV tests are simple: you can ask your healthcare provider, clinics, hospitals… You can also buy a kit online.

Why did David Beckham travel to Swaziland?

The former England captain is helping support and protecting children in this area. The Three Lions great managed to alleviate the children’s suffering by playing with them and sharing their daily life. The aim of his visit to Swaziland was also to celebrate his 10 years as a Unicef ambassador. In 2015, he founded The David Beckham Unicef Fund in order to “help build a safer world for children”. He was also amazed by the amount of money raised thanks to the fund.

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