It’s a silent killer.  It’s stigmatized here in the states.  Because you can only “get” AIDS if you are a druggie or gay, right?  However, HIV/AIDS is an illness that kills millions worldwide every year.  It doesn’t discriminate – children often fall victim.  So on this HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, please take into consideration all those that are suffering and do something about it.  Not only can you practice safe sex, but educate others and donate to organizations like (RED) to help those in need.

Here are some facts about the disease from (RED) and avert.org:

*Every day 4,100 men, women and children die in sub-Saharan Africa of the preventable and treatable disease

*The difference between life and death can come down to just two pills a day for a cost of around 40 cents a day

 

*67% of all HIV positive people live in sub-Saharan Africa, even though it is home to only 10% of the world’s population. That’s 22 million people – more than all the people living in New York, equal to two-thirds of all of Canada’s population and more than the entire population of Australia

*An estimated 12.1 million African children under the age of 18 have lost at least one parent to HIV and AIDS

*During 2008 some 2.7 million people became newly infected with the virus and an estimated 2 million people died from AIDS.

*YOU can do something about it!!!!

Links used: http://www.joinred.com/Learn/HIVInAfrica/Crisis.aspx

http://www.avert.org/world-aids-day.htm

 

 

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