World AIDS Day

December 1, 2006 at 3:02 pm | Posted in getting involved | 4 Comments

The global AIDS epidemic has caused a staggering level of death and suffering since it first emerged at the beginning of the 1980s. All over the world, people from all kinds of cultural and social backgrounds have been affected.New reports by UNAIDS and the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate that, as of 2006, the epidemic continues to spread in every region of the world. By now more than 65 million people have been infected with HIV and well over 25 million people have died of AIDS since 1981, 2.9 million in 2006 alone. At this rate, the WHO predicts that in the next 25 years another 117 million people will die, making AIDS the third leading cause of death worldwide.

(http://www.unaids.org/en/) Americans should be reminded that HIV/AIDS does not discriminate. With an estimated 1,039,000 to 1,185,000 HIV- positive individuals living in the U.S., and approximately 40,000 new infections occurring every year, the U.S., like other nations around the world is deeply affected by HIV/AIDS. (http://www.omhrc.gov/hivaidsobservances/index.html )
World AIDS Day is a time to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives, admire the bravery of those living with HIV, raise awareness and money, and highlight the need for a greater global response to the crisis. (http://www.avert.org/)
I have lost a number of friends in their battle against AIDS and I have friends that are continuing to struggle. Please take a moment today to reflect on these numbers, and ask yourself what you can do. Are you as involved as you could be? Are you as committed to the fight against AIDS as you were when you first heard about it? Those that remember all the red ribbons of the 80’s, are you still involved in your activitism? Let’s not let apathy take over. Let’s get out there and do something!

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  1. Thanks for the post, dahlin’! The world would be a better place if we had more Kamrins in it.

  2. Well, you could try curtains–they got a lot of use out of curtains, in “The Sound f Music”. 😉

  3. Well, you could try curtains–they got a lot of use out of curtains, in “The Sound of Music”. 😉

  4. Okay, sorry–I just got used to posting comments on blogger. 😛 This pertained to the blog entry above this one. eek.


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