HIV/AIDS was one of the main reasons that I joined the Peace Corps. A dear friend of mine got a positive diagnosis shortly before I left for Nicaragua. The emotional pain it caused me and other loved ones made me believe in the fight even more and I want to do my part in making sure no one else has to go thru that.
Today is the day where we all have the opportunity to unite in the fight against HIV. It doesn't matter where you are in the world to show your support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.
Right now, it is estimated that 1.1 million people in the US alone are living with HIV, and of those, 1 in 5 do not know they have it.
It's not just a disease that is isolated within a specific population, everyone is vulnerable: men, women, teens, bisexual, homosexual, heterosexual, children.
Check out (RED); not only do they partner with companies (read: Starbucks, Beats by Dre, Apple...all of which have great gifts for the holidays!), but a large percentage of their profits go directly to AIDS relief, including 100% of the profits from their new Dance (RED) Save Lives² album (personally, I think this is a GREAT album for running, working out, dancing, etc).
So today, take the time to educate yourself about HIV and AIDS and educate those around you. Wear red or even just a red ribbon to show your support in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Throwback from August 2011 before doing the AIDS Walk Colorado in Denver.