I just watched the most compelling 60 minutes segment on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and all the fascinating work they are doing all over the world. I’m literally speechless. I’ve been very aware of Bill Gates and his move from Corporate America to the altruistic work he’s been doing to conquer treatable sickness and disease in third world counties. This updated 60 Minutes piece I watched just jarred me all over again.
I received an email about this highly intriguing event in New York, it’s a visual and physical representation of the spreading of AIDS. If you’re in the area, I highly suggest going!
Butter. Jam. Legs. Rumors. What do you want to spread? On this walk, participants will investigate the language and actions of spreading. The group will spread itself like a virus, disseminating secrets and offering our desires to each other and passersby. All are welcome. Spread the word.
This walk holds 12 people and is presented in partnership with Visual AIDS. Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.
And HOLY COW 2,700 participants raised $14.2 million for the HIV/AIDS services of L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation!
If anyone has done this before, I’d love to talk to you about it! Email me email@example.com so we can chat.
For more information about AIDS/LifeCycle 2013, go to their website here.
You’ve probably heard by the headline by now “Doctors Cure Child Born With HIV,” the awesome thing is, it’s sort of true! However it’s not so much a cure as it renders the virus inactive, and it only worked because they fought the virus right after birth. So it wouldn’t work as a cure for any adult or kids that have the virus.
Here’s the rundown, a mother in Mississippi had HIV and didn’t know it until she was in labor, which is too late to receive standard treatment to reduce the risk transmitting the infection. Because the mother hadn’t received any treatment, 30 hours after birth the doctor decided to take a more aggressive approach and put the child on a course of three antiretroviral drugs, instead of the usual single antiretroviral drug. The baby was tested for HIV several days later, and the tests came back positive.
I was waiting for the BART today when the above ad caught my eye. As I read the ad I thought, “Oh it’s about AIDS, how fitting since today is National Black HIV/AIDS awareness day.” Then I read a little closer and realized it was put up by Chevron. I was a little taken aback, big bad oil company doing something socially right? I was almost floored. I had to check out their website. Next to a similar ad right at the top reads:
Jack Mackenroth may best be known for his appearance on “Project Runway” or for his vocal HIV activism, but he has also been a competitive swimmer since he was six years old, with an extensive list of accomplishments throughout his swimming career. Last month he was awarded the title of “2012 Athlete of the Year” by the LGBT sports publication, COMPETE Magazine.
“Today, we reflect on the strides we have taken toward overcoming HIV/AIDS, honor those who have made our progress possible, and keep in our thoughts all those who have known the devastating consequences of this illness. The road toward an AIDS-free generation is long — but as we mark this important observance, let us also remember that if we move forward every day with the same passion, persistence, and drive that has brought us this far, we can reach our goal. We can beat this disease. On World AIDS Day, in memory of those no longer with us and in solidarity with all who carry on the fight, let us pledge to make that vision a reality.
“NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States do hereby proclaim December 1, 2012, as World AIDS Day. I urge the Governors of the States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of the other territories subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and the American people to join me in appropriate activities to remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS and to provide support and comfort to those living with this disease.” – President Obama.