Are You Aware?

7 Feb

In the United States, HIV/AIDS Awareness is not afforded an entire month to the fight for our disease or the education about or eradication of it. We are not given the liberty of being plastered on yogurt containers, soft drinks, national sports figure’s helmets, or even mass media coverage. Many Americans are not even aware there is an official World AIDS Day in December. We do, however, have eleven days of awareness each year in which we celebrate LIVING with the disease – not dying from it – and the strides we have made in the last three decades toward find a cure. Today is one of those days.

Please take a moment today to visit Until There’s a Cure, the Red Ribbon Foundation, AIDS.gov, or any of the many sites available to further your own awareness of the disease and what we can do to not only find a cure for this Worldwide epidemic, but how we can also prevent furthering the devastation it causes.  Please share your knowledge with those around you.  Awareness and education is our best defense.

Red Ribbon History
In 1991, at the height of the AIDS crisis, a group of artists collaborated to create meaningful symbolic response. They were part of the Visual AIDS Artists Caucusand they launched, “The Ribbon Project,” better know today simply as the Red Ribbon.  Inspired by the yellow ribbons tied on trees to welcome home veterans, the Caucus chose the red ribbon to show support and compassion for people living with AIDS and their caregivers. The color red was selected for its “connection to blood and the idea of passion — not only anger, but love, like a valentine.” The ribbon format was easy to recreate and wear. Red ribbons were assembled together during “Ribbon Bees,” gatherings of friends and supporters fashioning ribbons and pins to be passed out at both local and high-profile events.

 

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6 Responses to “Are You Aware?”

  1. zendictive February 7, 2012 at 5:30 am #

    bows (~_~) humble

  2. lolamouse February 7, 2012 at 7:27 am #

    Thank you. Again.

  3. Absence of Alternatives February 7, 2012 at 11:42 pm #

    Thank you!

  4. Jo-Anne February 8, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    I am not unawared but I am also not fully aware if that makes any sense……………thanks for the links

    • Micael Chadwick February 8, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

      If you ever have any questions, Jo Anne, feel free to give me a shout. I will do my best to answer them – or point you in the right direction!

  5. invadingnola February 11, 2012 at 6:27 am #

    Keep being the voice.. I have a “until there’s a cure” bracelet bought for me as a gift.. wear it with pride!!

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