December 1 is World AIDS Day. Did you remember? It’s actually the 23rd event to unite people around the globe. We’re not only fighting the disease, but also, still, prejudice against the people living with it. This day is also to commemorate those who have died.
If you plan to tweet about it, use the hashtag #WAD2011. You’ll find all sorts of info at AIDS.gov, a website of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. If you’re in the U.K., try WorldAIDSDay.org.
I’m focused on America because, yes, I live here, but also because I think we’re probably much more deluded about the realities of HIV than our friends across the pond.
Every 9 1/2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is infected with HIV.
Nearly 1.2 million Americans have HIV; only 20% of them know it. 50,000 Americans are diagnosed every year, and they don’t all live in New York and L.A. I’m talkin’ to you, Montana.
If you’re…um…”out and about,” think about your last sexual encounter. Was it safe? Are they all?