Tuesday, December 01, 2009

World AIDS Day 2009

A banner for World Aids Day 2009 to keep us aware that AIDS is not an issue of the past. AIDS has NOT been cured. AIDS is still an epidemic. People still die because they have AIDS. No one is exempt from contracting HIV/AIDS regardless of age, gender, marital status, race, religion, or economic status. The banners for this day are to remind us that we need to keep vigilant the need for research funding and assistance for keeping meds available and affordable. Also, that getting tested is important.
Today, we also remember all those who have died of AIDS.
To all my guys, I wave the World AIDS Day 2009 banner. I remember you with love. Libations!

I know that greatly due to the wonderful leadership of President Ronald Reagan during the start of the AIDS crisis, we are a decade behind in research.
Yet today, I take special time to be grateful for the advances in HIV/AIDS testing, treatment and medicine.

The quilt panel below is in remembrance of my friend Keith Barrow.
Libations Keith, we can still hear your songs.

The panel Monica and I made for our friend Lee Aldrich, will never let us forget. Libations Lee, with yo crazy talented self. We miss you.


Chris said...

How cool that you guys were involved in the quilt....
We went to visit the National AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco and went to the event there to honor my cousin, who died of AIDS, and would have turned 50 this year.....he died 16 years ago on Dec. 23....RIP, Eric!!!!!
Thanks for this post!!!!!!

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Started on 1st December 1988, World AIDS Day is about raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. The World AIDS Day theme for 2009 is 'Universal Access and Human Rights'. World AIDS Day is important in reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done.

According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 33.4 million people living with HIV, including 2.1 million children. During 2008 some 2.7 million people became newly infected with the virus and an estimated 2 million people died from AIDS.1 Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35.2

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