Today is World AIDS Day and even though I'm too busy at work to take the time to write a real, reflective post on this, I wanted to at least mention it here.
Although there are often debates about whether or not diseases/illnesses and causes should get their own days and months (example, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, World AIDS Day, etc.), I think that one of the outcomes of having these dedicated days is to see the allies of the causes come together in support of what they work so hard for. It is, at the very least, a reminder that there are people out there who we cannot forget about. Oftentimes AIDS and other illnesses get brushed under the rug and people don't realize that there is still a lot of work left to do.
This is also as good a time as any to mention that Starbucks has teamed up with (RED) for the holiday season with the (STARBUCKS)RED campaign. I have mixed feelings about the whole (PRODUCT)RED thing, but if you like Starbucks anyway, you might as well know about the partnership. Really, whatever way you can help support AIDS research, awareness, education, and advocacy is worthwhile, so please do your part if you can.
You can learn and read about World AIDS Day on Wikipedia, Google, or posts throughout the blogosphere.
- At Tue Dec 02, 02:32:00 PM Sungold said...
I'm glad you said something because I didn't have anything to say (and kids were still home for T-day break). You're right that people tend to brush AIDS under the rug these days. We don't have the spectre of mass death here in the U.S. like in the late 1980s. But the shadow side of effective treatments is those of us not directly affected by HIV can too easily think, "Great! Problem solved." And it's not - certainly not in poor countries with high incidence and few resources for treatment - but also not here in the U.S., where people continue to get infected, and not all will survive despite the best treatments.
- At Wed Dec 03, 08:29:00 AM frau sally benz said...
Exactly, Sungold. It's almost scarier to think that people often do just forget about it and say there's no need to worry. Things are certainly better now than they were, say, 10 years ago, but that doesn't mean it's no longer a problem.