Monday, December 1, 2008
World AIDS Day 2008
Today is World AIDS Day. Doesn't it seem like every other day is a day that represents a cause? It does to me.
I'm happy that people are taking a look at AIDS again. It seems like the disease has slipped under our collective radar. I remember being petrified, constantly thinking about contracting HIV when I was younger. I think there is this misguided assumption that it's a disease that only affects certain people, but that's not entirely true. Sure, there is a disproportionate number of black people who have contracted HIV in this country. More than half of the just over 1M people who have it. And sure it affects the homosexual community more than the heterosexual community. But that sure as hell doesn't mean you can't get it. I can't tell you how many of my friends have unprotected sex. It's really mind boggling.
You can read more about World AIDS Day 2008 here: http://www.worldaidscampaign.org/static/en/