Friday, November 30, 2007

A Red Ribbon Day Tomorrow: World AIDS DAY 2007

Tomorrow is World AIDS Day. Please remember to wear a Red Ribbon for solidarity with those of us who are living with or affected by HIV/AIDS and to remember those of us who have died from the disease.

This virus may have gone underground in the media (except in the weeks surrounding World AIDS Day, December 1), but it is raising its ugly head in increasing infection rates among gay men, women, minorities and the poor. We need to stress prevention methods that are known to work while educating about how the disease is spreading.

AIDS in the developing world is a dire situation, but sadly, it is just one more problem that many have to live with. Poor nutrition, lack of clean water, malaria and other tropical diseases contribute to a cauldron of misery that we have to address in addition to the infection and death rates due to AIDS.

Stigma associated with HIV/AIDS is one of the most pernicious aspects of this condition. You can help out by talking openly without hesitation about HIV/AIDS to those who might not normally see people living with HIV/AIDS in a positive light. You can share your personal stories with others about those you know and love who have been affected. You can wear your red ribbon and not just on December 1st.

Please do whatever you can to dispel the negative perceptions about people living with HIV/AIDS and help us recall the need for compassion, prevention and education. The virus is the enemy, not those who are infected.

HIV/AIDS related charities around the world need your help. You can volunteer your time, or you can make donations of goods, services or money. Perhaps one of the most rewarding ways you can help is to visit those who are in need of companionship and to spend time getting to know them and their life stories. Bring them dignity by listening, by holding their hands, and by sharing your hugs and compassion.

AIDS is not a one day event for those of us living with HIV. Please keep us in mind year round.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Jude Nagurney Camwell said...

Great post, Ron. I wear the red ribbon in my heart as well on my lapel. I mentioned your advice at my blog today.


- Jude

12/01/2007 12:00:00 PM  
Blogger Sideon said...

Hey there, Ron. Big hugs. I linked to your post.

MWAH.

12/01/2007 03:16:00 PM  

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