Today, is the very first of December. As we start the festive and the holidays, and as we face the importance of this much awaited month, we have to also create and build a strong awareness on the issue of HIV/AIDS, as the world celebrates World AIDS Day at this very day.
“HIV/AIDS has now become a pandemic that has literally put the world at risk, affecting diverse populations in different ways”. –Dr. Nora Volkow, NIDA Director
Today is another day to create global awareness about HIV/AIDS that would present an opportunity for all of us - people worldwide to unite and build a strong stand in the fight against these pandemic diseases.
There have been an increase in number of people who are living with HIV or worst AIDS, and it continues to rise in every part of the world. HIV/AIDS has been a global epidemic... a real global epidemic that has affected millions of lives already. Despite of being so widespread, misconceptions about these diseases and how they are spread are still rampant. Most people, if not all, have just little idea or should I say have no idea at all, about how they could get HIV/AIDS, and I would set myself as an example. Thus, this acts as a major obstacle to its effective prevention. Making matters worse than expected is the stigma which is attached to it, with entire families being excluded just because they happen to have HIV/AIDS.
Remember that there's still no cure for AIDS, so it would be best for one to enhance his awareness of the issue and protect himself.
The time is now. Together, we can prevent the spread of this pandemic – through awareness, care, prevention, education and research.
For you to better know HIV/AIDS please do visit the following sources of information.
NIDA’s Learn the Link Campaign
- Learn the Link: drugs + HIV Web site and Resource
- DROGAS + VIDA = Educate Web site and Resources in Español
- d’cisions Online Webisode Series
- Other Campaign Materials
- Drugs and HIV Resource Page
The Federal government has developed a wealth of HIV/AIDS testing, prevention, treatment and research information. In addition, the following are some of the many resources you can use to help response to HIV/AIDS.
- AIDS.gov blog about Using New Media Tools in Response to HIV/AIDS
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – HIV/AIDS
- Finding an HIV Testing Center Near You
- KNOWIT HIV Testing Text Messaging Campaign
- National HIV/AIDS Awareness Days
- Podcasts from AIDS.gov
- Updates from AIDS.gov from Twitter
P.S. To my dearly beloved readers and to my group - Bloggers Unite, I apologize for this very brief post. I have been so very busy lately, and managing to have more time to blog. But for sure I'll update it later after my work shift today. Thanks for reading...