Today is World AIDS Day….

Causes seem to go in and out of popularity. HIV/AIDS was a very “popular” cause for quite some time but seems to have fallen by the wayside in recent years. Today is a reminder of how important it is that we all work together to bring this devastating disease back into the spotlight. It is necessary for us all to make an effort towards ensuring that the HIV/AIDS dialogue continues to be prominent and that we don’t ignore the cause in lieu of more “trendy” ones.

In 2009, between 31.4 and 35.3 million people were living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, 2.5 million of which were children.  In 2009 there was a  new infection rate of around 2.6 million. The disease continues to spread at rampant rates and the stigmatism attached to the disease continues to exist in an alarming way. HIV/AIDS affects people from all walks of life in all corners of the world. Currently, 1 in 120 adults in Toronto is believed to be HIV-positive.

I challenge you all to take some form of action to tackle the HIV and AIDS prejudice and to contribute to the ongoing battle to find a cure. Find an event in your local area, make a donation, reach out to someone you know who is suffering from the disease and the stigmatism attached to it. If nothing else, make a personal pledge to help improve understanding about HIV and AIDS. Please donate your time, your money and your heart to this cause. Together we can make a difference in the lives of so many.

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