Thursday, December 1, 2011
December 1st is World AIDS Day...Do You Know Your Status?
I have always heard how important it is for us as Americans to know our status when it comes to HIV/AIDS. I can remember when BET started their campaign with the many 'Get Tested' commercials, pushing how critical this issue was and still is.
It is currently assumed that there are well over one million people living with the HIV virus and approximately 1,142,714 people have been diagnosed with AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic. African Americans make up almost HALF of that number at 42.6%.
I just recently (like 30 minutes ago) found out that TODAY, December 1, is World AIDS Day, thanks to http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/ (probably thee funniest blog in my RSS reader. Follow her on Twitter too @luvvieig). Even though she is side-splittingly (made that word up) hilarious, she does have a serious activist side to her and I admire it. She is co-founder of a non-profit organization called The Red Pump Project whose mission is to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls.
She posted a video on her blog that inspired this post today. I decided to share with you all in hopes that it would inspire, enlighten and encourage you to know your status as it has me. Click link below to check out Luvvie's post and video.
World AIDS Day
Ignorance is NOT bliss people. Get tested. Know your status.