Today is the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day. And anyone who knows me, knows AIDS prevention is one of my causes. Thanks to modern medication, I have yet to lose anyone to AIDS. However it has gone from being a text book subject, to reality with in the past year because I do know people living with the virus.
December 1 each year is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. AIDS has killed more than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007, and an estimated 33 million people worldwide live with HIV as of 2007, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. Despite recent, improved access to antiretroviral treatment and care in many regions of the world, the AIDS epidemic claimed an estimated 2 million lives in 2007, of which about 270,000 were children. The concept of a World AIDS Day originated at the 1988 World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programmes for AIDS Prevention. Since then, it has been taken up by governments, international organizations and charities around the world. Source
Now to bring it home for my DMV readers: One in 20 Adults in DC Has HIV. The nation's capital is in the midst of a modern-day HIV-AIDS epidemic. In a city of 600,000 people, the District of Columbia has more than 12,000 cases, and 81 percent of them are African-Americans.
This is our throwback for the day. Waterfalls is off TLC's CrazySexyCool album.
Get tested because knowing is half the battle. And wrap it up, prevention is your best defense.
World AIDS Day Official Site.
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Black Aids Institute