Wednesday, June 27, 2007

National HIV Testing Day is TODAY!

Did you know that each day, more than 13,000 people across the globe are newly infected with HIV? Or that here in the US, HIV is the largest killer of African-American women ages 25-34? Or that the rates among all US women have skyrocketed in the last 20 years, from 8% of total infections in 1985 to more than 27% today?

Well, if you didn't know, now you do. And, as we say in the African-American tradition, when you know better, you do better. So today, in honor of National HIV Testing Day, go out there and do better. Get tested. Tell your friends to do the same. Donate time or money to one of the many good organizations out there that are doing work on behalf of people with AIDS. And educate yourself: check out this piece from the National Women and AIDS Collective to learn more about the ways in which women are left out of the picture when it comes to funding the war on HIV.

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