December 1 is World AIDS Day, a day first observed in 1988. It is dedicated to raising awareness of the pandemic; one of the most destructive in the world.
I went through my head at how to properly create a banner for RLT (“Rainbow Love Talk”; a LGBT support page) in observance of the day, but I slowly realized that one of the biggest things when it comes to HIV and AIDS is silence: it is silence that gets in the way of proper prevention. It is silence that people with HIV/AIDS suffer in… and it is silence that we are left with because of it. It has been said that over 2 million people die because of complications of AIDS every year.
It is with that thought in mind that I ended up posting an AIDS ribbon as our profile picture with the day with no wording, no added graphics… just the ribbon alone.
There has been too much silence in this fight and that is the worst thing to come from it.
Let’s continue the fight for a cure to this disease that has caused us to lose so much already, but we need our voices to be silent no more.
Every nine minutes, another life is forever changed by becoming infected with HIV.
Every year, we lose 2 million more lives dues to AIDS.
This devastation needs to end. There are many links out there that are helpful, but true change always begins with ourselves. Keep yourself safe. Know your status.
I long for the day for when this disease is officially eradicated, but until then, we continue to fight not only for our lives, but for every fight out there.
Feel free to share these links. Do not be afraid to re-post them on Tumblr.
Locate HIV Testing and Other HIV Services:
Use and share the HIV/AIDS Prevention & Service Providers Locator (http://aids.gov/locator/).
Add the widget (http://aids.gov/widgets-and-badges/) to your website or blog.
You can also send a text message with your ZIP code to ‘KNOWIT’
(566948) or visit HIVtest.org (http://www.hivtest.org/).
Silence and ignorance are two of the biggest killers when it comes to this disease. Speak up. Stand up. Know your status and don’t be afraid to do so.
To everyone in my life that has been affected by HIV/AIDS: the ones who fight, to the ones that have lost… my heart and love are with you always. ♥
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