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Five people worldwide die of AIDS every minute of every day. HIV has hit every corner of the globe, infecting more than 42 million men, women and children, 5 million of them last year alone.

Today is World AIDS day. Some AIDS figures:

  • People newly infected with HIV in 2002: 5 million
  • AIDS deaths in 2002: 3 million...that's over 8,000 deaths per day
  • Estimated number of people living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2002: 42 million
  • Total of AIDS deaths at the end of 2002: 28.1 million
  • Total number of AIDS orphans: 13.2 million

See World AIDS Day for more information. Go to Link and Think to help spread awareness about AIDS.

Links:

aids action
stutends global aids campaign
treatment action group
visual aids
positive visions
artists with aids

josh
an hiv positive teacher living with aids
a survivor's perspective
phil's story
autumn farewell
elegy for john patrick montgomery

Allison passes along this link: UN recruits Israeli activist as AIDS campaigner.

Jonathan passes along this link: href="http://fightaidsathome.scripps.edu/">Fight AIDS At Home and says "It's one of those things where you can help by doing virtually nothing. It's just very much under advertised."

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Something to consider.

Please note that I'm not endorsing that candidate, and I've endorsed, as yet, no candidate. If this note introduces an inappropriate political note here, Michele, please feel free to delete it, and I won't be the least offended. I just happened to read it shortly before reading your entry, and thought it might be of interest. Perhaps not, of course.

That's no reason to vot efor him. The damage Clark could cause in other areas would harm the country much worse than AIDS ever will.

The only way AIDS will be cured/controlled is through grass-roots education. Most people still think it doesn't affect them. Until they realize how bad it is world-wide, and how easily it can get that way here in the U.S., it won't be confronted as it should be.

Also, one highly reputable orgazition should become the focal point for donations to fight AIDS. This organization should have no political agenda, and be very open about where the money goes. People would feel much more comfortable donating money if they knew exactly where it is going.

Most importantly, wear a condom people if you do not already. Unprotected sex is like playing Russian Roulette. Eventually, you will lose.

Michele - could you also post a link to the fight aids @home website?

http://fightaidsathome.scripps.edu/

It's one of those things where you can help by doing virtually nothing. It's just very much under advertised.

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Most importantly, wear a condom people if you do not already. Unprotected sex is like playing Russian Roulette. Eventually, you will lose.

Sorry, no federal funding for you.

Our schoolchildren:
"Condoms? What are those?"

I believe AIDS research is overfunded by the US government. Heart disease and cancer deserve far more of our research dollars than AIDS does.

"People with AIDS are dying, but since I've become president, we’re spending 10 times as much per fatality on people with AIDS as people with breast cancer or prostate cancer."

-- President Clinton, 1999

Why do we want to spend 10 times as much per fatality on any one disease?

One reason is that cancer is not contagious, and can't sweep through a continent, out of control, killing the majority of a population, including children. Cancer can't jump from 1% of a population to 10% to, potentially, 90%, in a small smattering of years.

This isn't terribly difficult to figure out.

If anyone thinks AIDS is overfunded, I would ask them if they have ever had a friend or loved one with AIDS. I have taken care of many AIDS patients as a nurse and had one very dear friend die of it. Many innocent people have gotten AIDS, and by innocent I mean people who did not have promiscuous sex, not homesexual, not IV drug users or needle sharers. (And I do not mean to say that those people deserve it.)

Healthcare workers, people who have gotten it from blood transfusions, wives who got it from husbands who were bisexual or promiscuous and I'm sure there are more.

A lot of people living with AIDS are in a living hell. They take upwards of 20 to 30 pills a day sometimes, they have constant nausea and diarrhea, constant pain. Death from AIDS is long, slow and agonizing. Ask the families of those people if AIDS is overfunded.

"(And I do not mean to say that those people deserve it.)"

That's good, but words have meaning, and you've explicitly said that these people are "non-innocent." I suggest you think very, very, very strongly about using this phrasing in future. What does calling people "non-innocent" mean? Is it different from "guilty"? How? If someone in a criminal trial is "non-innocent," what are they?

"Healthcare workers, people who have gotten it from blood transfusions, wives who got it from husbands who were bisexual or promiscuous and I'm sure there are more."

What about bisexual or promiscuous people or IV drug users? What about gay people? Why are they not listed in your list of people with AIDS deserving of sympathy, Suzi? Could you explain, please?

Actually Gary Farber, it is terribly difficult to figure out. From http://www.courreges.us/ :

"Since its first diagnosis in January 1981, AIDS has killed approximately 450,000 Americans, while cancer, a far more prevalent disease, kills a whopping 560,000 every year. Heart disease, even more widespread, is the cause of almost twice that – averaging one million deaths per year. No rising trend has been seen in raw numbers of AIDS deaths, and hence current trends alone are no justification for the current funding imbalance. If one were to determine NIH funding based on national trends, AIDS would certainly not receive priority.

Neither is the mere fact that AIDS is a transmittable disease a reasonable validation. Influenza receives a pittance when compared with AIDS, yet it causes roughly 20,000 deaths per year, despite widely available vaccinations. AIDS causes slightly fewer deaths, killing less than 17,000 people per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Moreover, it does not follow that simply because AIDS is communicable it poses greater threat than a non-transmittable disease, such as cancer, which kills 33 people for every one AIDS fatality. To wit, unless a highly improbable scenario plays out, and domestic AIDS deaths rise exponentially, AIDS will never be as worthy of federal funding as cancer research."