June 15, 2009

Manic Monday: Shower (or Stop Black AIDS)

This week's theme for Manic Monday meme is shower. Have you seen the movies where folks are rushed into a shower to cleanse themselves of hazardous materials. We've seen these hot HazMat showers in atomic labs or emergency rooms or government offices.

I often wish that folks with HIV/AIDS could simply take a special shower to remove the disease from their body. My wish is not coming true. We'll need to do something else if we hope to eliminate HIV/AIDS in our community.

The incidence of HIV/AIDS has reached alarming rates among African Americans, and young Blacks are being hit hardest. To address the crisis, our blog is supporting efforts by TheLoop21.com and Magic Johnson Foundation, a recognized leader in HIV/AIDS prevention efforts, for an online awareness campaign this summer.

We will participate in the national conversations about the crisis during the weeks of June 21-27 and July 19-25. The whole idea is to call attention to an epidemic often ignored by the mainstream media and to search for a way to begin addressing a problem that's deeply affected our community and is only getting worse.

Get involved by reading about why a campaign like this is needed. Read about why HIV/AIDS has become a crisis or how Congress can get involved, find some books on the subject, sign our petition or become one of our partner organizations or bloggers and check back often for more of the kind of stories about this issue you won't find anywhere else.

What you can do right now?
  1. Add the logo to the right to your blog or Facebook page (Here's how: right click, or control-click on a Mac, and "save image as" to your computer)
  2. Start an online discussion about AIDS on your blog or Facebook page
  3. Subscribe to our HIV/AIDS Awareness groupsite.
  4. Join in the first national online discussion June 21-27
  5. Sign our petition and encourage others to do the same.

Please take a moment to share your thoughts on this effort to stop AIDS in the Black community.


blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Hey there Villager! [waves}

I will add this to my sidebar and ask viewers to click on the image which will link back to your post!

I will also write a post about HIV and black women during one (or both!) of the weeks mentioned!

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!

Jamie said...

It is good that advances have been made that allow someone to live with AIDS. Unfortunately, we still don't have health care for everyone that will allow everyone with AIDS to get the treatment they need.

Marilyn said...

AIDS has claimed too many lives and anything we can do to stop it or even slow down the spread is good. People are still dieing of it. One friend just in this last year. It's very sad.

Villager said...

Lisa - Asante sana!

Jamie - I've been watching and enjoying 'Boston Legal' lately. They had an episode with an AIDS patient who rec'd medication to keep him alive ... however, he was losing the health insurance that allowed him to afford the medication. HIV/AIDS causes many complications in the lives of those who have it.

Marilyn - I hope you will join our discussions on HIV/AIDS Awareness when you have time.