World AIDS Day

Yesterday was World AIDS Day, and as I often do, I got distracted and missed the opportunity to post about it. However, I’m going to make up for it now. Today while sitting in a waiting room and leafing through the most recent issue of Entertainment Weekly, I discovered a provocative ad. It was a picture of a hot young woman wearing three gorgeous bracelets, and the text read, “Until There’s A Cure.” The hot young woman was Kerri Walsh, and the organization’s website is at http://www.utac.org or http://www.until.org.

I’ve been wanting a bracelet or wristband for AIDS research for at least a year, and while their stuff is too pricey for me right now, I hope to buy at least one bracelet in the coming year. They’ve got several uniquely beautiful styles, and I strongly encourage you to check them out and buy what you can. I’ve emailed them to offer ad space here and at Rending the Veil. For now, I offer you these statistics, from their Vital Stats page:

Vital Statistics

Worldwide:

  • Over 22 million people have died from AIDS.
  • Over 42 million people are living with HIV/AIDS, and 74 percent of these infected people live in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Over 19 million women are living with HIV/AIDS.
  • By the year 2010, five countries (Ethiopia, Nigeria, China, India, and Russia) with 40 percent of the world’s population will add 50 to 75 million infected people to the worldwide pool of HIV disease.
  • There are 14,000 new infections every day (95 percent in developing countries). HIV/AIDS is a “disease of young people” with half of the 5 million new infections each year occurring among people ages 15 to 24.
  • The UN estimates that, currently, there are 14 million AIDS orphans and that by 2010 there will be 25 million.

United States:

  • An estimated one million people are currently living with HIV in the United States, with approximately 40,000 new infections occurring each year.
  • 70 percent of these new infections occur in men and 30 percent occur in women.
  • By race, 54 percent of the new infections in the United States occur among African Americans, and 64 percent of the new infections in women occur in African American women.
  • 75 percent of the new infections in women are heterosexually transmitted.
  • Half of all new infections in the United States occur in people 25 years of age or younger.

Go buy a bracelet. If you don’t want to wear it, I’ll give you my address and you can send it to me. :)

Sheta Kaey About Sheta Kaey

I teach people to perceive, communicate, and work with spirits. Beyond that, I'm kinda normal.

Sometimes I write things. Sometimes I edit things. Sometimes, people even see them.

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  1. This is a completely unrelated comment to the post above, but I have a book recommendation that, as I read, is looking necessary for you for the SC book. Spirit Speak by Ivo Dominguez. Maybe I’ll get a review of it in for the Imbolc issue of RTV, since I am not going to even be able to finish reading before the deadline for Yule.

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