World AIDS Day 2009

December 1st is World AIDS Day. The time to remember, among other days, this disease that takes so many lives. This year is the twenty first anniversary of the first World AIDS Day. It seems like the more time that goes by, the more apathy develops about this disease.

Still, people die every day. Awareness lacks in terms of the dangers of transmission. We have become complacent, because no matter what the virus does and can do to us, many people do not change their minds, their hearts, their behaviors in regard to it. It is 100 percent preventable these days from the most frequent transmission means: unprotected sexual contact and IV drug use.

Please, say a prayer, wear a ribbon, read about it, talk about it, do SOMETHING.

Please, let us never forget all of those that have perished as a result of this horrible illness, and how we need to keep ourselves and others safe. Reach out. Connect. Share your love and your heart with someone who is affected by this.

In memory of my brother Jeff, Ryan White, and all of the others that have been lost.

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8 thoughts on “World AIDS Day 2009

  1. Wow, Vanessa. I didn’t know about your brother. {hug} I’m so glad you’re highlighting the AIDS crisis. It is having such a huge and negative impact, especially in developing nations.

  2. Thank you, Hayden. There has been so many advances, and yet, many are apathetic to the fact that it even exists………Other nations are so hard hit, and there are so many other issues in people’s minds, that they neglect to think about it much. I hope that continues to change for the better.

  3. Thank you for bringing awareness to this very important issue. I’m very sorry about the loss of your brother. . . and everyone else who has lost their battle to this disease.

  4. It is so important to keep reminding people of this problem. My best friend is foster mom to a 19 year old who found out less than a year ago he is HIV positive. Even with education some still have a fatalistic view that it’s gonna happen anyway. So sad. Thanks for sharing about your brother. So sorry you lost him. Brothers can be so wonderful, the good ones should live forever. This is a nice tribute! ~td

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