I never knew the significance of December 1st before now.
Why now? Because I have become aware that there are 15 million AIDS orphans in Sub Sarahan Africa. No, this does not necessarily mean they are inflicted with AIDS. This means that AIDS is the cause of their orphan status. Their family members have died... leaving them orphaned.
AIDS does not affect the people of Africa only. AIDS is everywhere and does not discriminate between their victims. It doesn't care about what continent you live on, or what colour of skin you have.
We need to educate ourselves and our children about this. So many of us are in the dark.
Some quick facts...
AIDS is caused from HIV. HIV that is left untreated.
The typical timeline for AIDS to develop from untreated HIV is 10 yrs.
HIV is treatable. Treated with ARV's... people infected with HIV can live long, healthy lives without ever getting AIDS!
You need to get tested! The earlier HIV is discovered, the better it responds to treatment. Without testing, HIV can go undetected until AIDS develops!
HIV and AIDS is not contracted through casual contact or even saliva for that matter!
HIV and AIDS is contracted through unprotected sex and blood to blood transmission.
.... therefore, HIV and AIDS is 100% preventable. Wrap it up!
What can you do to help?
- Learn and educate others
- Raise Awareness
- Support zero discrimination of those infected
- Be an activist
- Donate to an organization that provides AIDS/HIV education and treatment