Make realistic skin colored band-aids for all races!
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BAND-AID Johnson & Johnson

Make realistic skin colored band-aids for all races!

    1. Petition by

      Abigail Thomson

BAND-AIDS are meant to conceal a wound and make the appearance of it's existence less sightly. For those of us who aren't peachy tan should have something to rely on that isn't cartoon print or clear! This is something our society brushes off and doesn't realize the impact it actually has on many people. Another form of 'accidental racist' another way of segregating everyone. To me it even says tan is the norm and that's all the basis they need to cover.

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Johnson & Johnson
BAND-AID Johnson & Johnson
Make realistic skin colored band-aids for all races!

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 5 months ago

      AIDS is a medical condition. A person is diagnosed with AIDS when their immune system is too weak to fight off infections.

      Since AIDS was first identified in the early 1980s, an unprecedented number of people have been affected by the global AIDS epidemic. Today, there are an estimated 34 million people living with HIV and AIDS worldwide.

      Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, shortened AIDS, is caused by HIV. Some people may refer to AIDS as advanced HIV infection.

      HIV is a virus that gradually attacks immune system cells. As HIV progressively damages these cells, the body becomes more vulnerable to infections, which it will have difficulty in fighting off. It is at the point of very advanced HIV infection that a person is said to have AIDS. If left untreated, it can take around ten years before HIV has damaged the immune system enough for AIDS to develop.

      A person is diagnosed with AIDS when they have developed an AIDS related condition or symptom, called an opportunistic infection, or an AIDS related cancer. The infections are called ‘opportunistic’ because they take advantage of the opportunity offered by a weakened immune system.

      It is possible for someone to be diagnosed with AIDS even if they have not developed an opportunistic infection. AIDS can be diagnosed when the number of immune system cells (CD4 cells) in the blood of an HIV positive person drops below a certain level.

      Worryingly, many people think there is a 'cure' for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS - which perhaps makes them take risks that they otherwise wouldn't. However, there is still no cure for HIV. The only way to ensure that you avoid AIDS is to be aware of how HIV is transmitted and how to prevent HIV infection.

      However, people can take antiretroviral treatment, which suppresses the HIV virus. This can prevent them from reaching a point where they are diagnosed with AIDS. Also, in some cases, it is possible for a person who has an AIDS diagnosis to regain a strong immune system with antiretroviral therapy. However, once somebody is diagnosed with AIDS, officially they keep this diagnosis for life even though in reality an opportunistic infection may be cured or the number of immune system cells (CD4 cells) in their blood may increase to recommended levels

      Since the first cases of AIDS were identified in 1981, more than 30 million people have died from AIDS. An estimated 1.7 million people died as a result of AIDS in 2011 alone.

      Although there is no cure for AIDS, HIV infection can be prevented, and those living with HIV can take antiretroviral drugs to prevent or delay the onset of AIDS. However, in many countries across the world access to prevention and treatment services is limited. Global leaders have pledged to work towards universal access to HIV prevention and care, so that millions of deaths can be averted.

      How is AIDS treated?

      HIV TreatmentAntiretroviral treatment can significantly prolong the lives of people living with HIV. Modern combination therapy is highly effective and someone with HIV who is taking treatment could live for the rest of their life without developing AIDS.

      An AIDS diagnosis does not necessarily equate to a death sentence. Many people can still benefit from starting antiretroviral therapy even once they have developed an AIDS defining illness. Better treatment and prevention for opportunistic infections have also helped to improve the quality and length of life for those diagnosed with AIDS.

      Treating some opportunistic infections is easier than others. Infections such as herpes zoster and candidiasis of the mouth, throat or vagina, can be managed effectively in most environments. On the other hand, more complex infections such as toxoplasmosis, need advanced medical equipment and infrastructure, which are lacking in many resource-poor areas.

      It is also important that treatment is provided for AIDS related pain, which is experienced by almost all people in the very advanced stages of HIV infection.

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    • Andrea Wiggins PORTSMOUTH, OH
      • 5 months ago

      My daughter offered our friend a bandaid stating it was "flesh color" and he said, it's not my flesh color. When we later went shopping she and I looked for bandaids for other races and could not find any. What does that say to children of other races? What a terrible message.

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    • A N NEW YORK CITY, NY
      • 6 months ago

      Because people of color need band-aids of matching skin tones! They deserve it!

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    • Terry Hokenson MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • 9 months ago

      Fundamental respect for the reality of diversity.

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    • Chida Darby SAN DIEGO, CA
      • 9 months ago

      Because I'm African American.

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