Monday, December 1, 2008

World AIDS day

More than 25 million people have died of AIDS since 1981. Half of all new HIV infections worldwide - almost 6,000 infections per day - occur among youth. Want to know what you can do about it? Go to

Educate yourself on how HIV is transmitted. While we here in the US have, for the most part, learned how to combat HIV/AIDS, the truth of the global pandemic is frightening. 95% of all HIV cases are in the developing world, over half of which are in sub-Saharan Africa where the $3 a day it costs to treat HIV with anti-virals is outside the reach of most patients. There are currently 12 million AIDS orphans worldwide.

AIDS is spreading in Asia, too. While the percentages there and total numbers so far are smaller than Africa, because of the large population base it has the potential to overtake Africa if proper education is not undertaken. If HIV/AIDS jumps from the high-risk groups into the general heterosexual population, as it has in Africa, Asia could easily outstrip Africa in total numbers. Now is the time to practice prevention in Asia.

Wondering what you can do today? Go to Starbucks and buy one of the following: Peppermint Mocha Twist, Gingersnap Latte and Espresso Truffle. Starbucks will donate 5 cents per cup to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

1 comment:

Chris said...

This is a cause dear to my heart, so thanks for doing a post on it...very informative and I might have to go try that gingersnap latte!!!!!