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Monday, December 1, 2008

World AIDS Day

Facing AIDS - World AIDS day 2008
December 1st is World AIDS day and I would like to say a few words about HIV/AIDS. For women in poverty exposure to HIV infection is a particular problem. Rather than repeat what I have read elsewhere you can read about this at The AIDS Pandemic Blog. During 2007 many events were organized for World AIDS Day, it's too late to organize something now, but if you are interested you can read about 2007 World AIDS Day events - maybe you'll be inspired to plan something for Womens HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10th 2009.

To show your solidarity regarding AIDS education you might want to get involved in some social networking events today - read about social networking to spread AIDS awareness. Most importantly, be prepared to acknowledge that HIV/AIDS is a significant health issue that women need to recognize, acknowledge with their friends and family members, and be prepared to talk about with their sons and daughters. There is lots of information at the WomensHealth.gov and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Get informed and be aware. Join in and blog if you can.

Related post - World AIDS Day 2008 by Denise at BlogHer.com. Listen to David's podcast on The Power of One. Take a look at shopping with Product Red, which benefits AIDS programs in Africa, and if you visit Starbucks shop Starbucks Red and aid Africa.

4 comments:

Sarah said...

How do you discuss this with your kids? My 7 year old just found out that "It's not the stork". She's handling that information pretty well, but to add this to the mix seems too soon to me. What do you think?

Thanks for the reminder!

Alison said...

Sarah, I'm going to think about this and see if I can add some relevant links to my post.

Personally I think at that age I'd talk about HIV/AIDS in relation to something that is already relevant to your daughter and just as it arises rather than making a specific point. When you go to the doctor or dentist they presumably wear gloves. That's a good time to mention that there are diseases you can catch and the doctor or dentist is protecting both themselves and you. You can mention things like hepatitis and HIV at that point. I'll be back to talk about this later.

David Wessner said...

Thanks for mentioning my post on HIV/AIDS and poverty. It's also important to remember that HIV/AIDS affects of us. But all of us, each and every one of us, can make a difference. As I wrote yesterday, never underestimate the power of one.
http://the-aids-pandemic.blogspot.com/2008/12/world-aids-day-power-of-one.html

Thanks.

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