WORLD AIDS DAY
Today, December 1st is World AIDS Day, recognizing and raising awareness of AIDS/HIV across the globe. Millions are infected (check the estimated statistics) and the disease hits the hardest in the Black community (African diaspora for you scholars-inclusive of other continents). Women account for more than 1 in 4 new HIV/AIDS cases in the U.S. and of the newly infected women, about 2 out of 3 are Black women. Most of these women contracted HIV/AIDS from having unprotected sex. A negative stigma still surrounds getting tested and knowing one’s status, so much so that an estimated 20% of those infected, have no idea. WOW. No longer the “death sentence” it once was during the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, millions of people live thriving (and sexually active) lifestyles with AIDS/ HIV. The key is knowing one’s status, receiving diagnosis, and working with a Doctor to find the best lifestyle practices for your health. Everyone, no matter sexual preference, relationship status, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status is at risk to contracting HIV/AIDS if you are having sex without a condom. HIV/AIDS is passed through the exchange of bodily fluids ( inclusive in most sexual lifestyles) and while advances in medications used to threat the disease have greatly extended the lives of many patients, there is still no cure.
Of the millions of campaigns promoting awareness today, the most egocentric (IMO) is “Digital Death” sponsored by Alicia Keys and her Keep A Child Alive Campaign. *le sigh* Enlisting other celebs including Justin Timberlake, Swizz Beatz, Serena Williams, Kim Kardashian, Lady GAGA, Khloe Kardashian, and Ryan Seacrest, these celebs digitally “killed” themselves via zero-access to their many social networking outlets (interns & publicists). They will remain “dead” until their fans donate $1,000.00 in their name to the KACA Foundation, primarily contributing through texting (advertising dollar$) . Um, not to fast pitch shade or anything, but seems to me the more direct approach would be for the celebs to write the checks and ask the public to match in donations. The prep and press (and advertising $pend) of “dying” takes away from the issue’s severity, instead focusing on more publicity for the celebs. Check the video below. What do you think??
I did find this video by Bassey Ikip (@BasseyWorldLive) performing a moving compassionate poem featuring Talib Kweli very touching. Check it out below:
Remember to ALWAYS KNOW YOUR STATUS!!!! Everyday should be “Care About My Health Day,” so get tested every 6 months and every time you switch sexual partners. NO SEX without a condom, and please continue to support those living with the disease. They recognize AIDS day-everyday. Educate yourselves and each other. *smoothies*