Thursday, December 2, 2010

not just numbers.

december first always marks world AIDS day.
HIV & AIDS causes immeasurable problems both domestically and (especially) abroad.

did you know...?
about 33.4 million people are currently living with HIV
new HIV infections in '08 were 2.4 million,
while deaths in '08 due to AIDS were roughly 2 million.

there are over 7,400 new cases of HIV daily.

my heart goes out to those suffering from HIV.
to those struggling to afford or acquire anti-retro virals.
to those suffering from the stigmas associated with the virus.

there's a pretty cool campaign out there, the (RED) campaign, that is highly supportive of AIDS funding.
despite the numerous celebrities who support the campaign, it is really quite legit.
a half of a million babies were born with AIDS last year, and it's this group's goal to have zero babies born in 2015 with AIDS.
how is this possible?
well, i could ramble off a list of transmission-possibilties (thank-you, public health classes!), but i'll let you check it out here.

if you want to know more about AIDS itself, i highly recommend watching this.
it's a bit lengthy, but i promise, it'll be four hours put to good use.

and to add in some holiday cheer, as my friend tiny tim would say, "God bless us, every one."

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