Thirty Years and Here We Are: World AIDS Day

The first case of AIDS was reported on June 5, 1981 in Los Angeles. Back then, it was only identified as Pneumocystis pneumonia, a form of a compromised immune system that, while wasn’t HIV/ AIDS, indicated an immunocompromised patient who had no real reason to be sick. Since that day in 1981, an estimated 25-30 million people have died from the virus and the current worldwide estimate of people living with HIV is 33.3 million. Read More Thirty Years and Here We Are: World AIDS Day

World Aids Day””Look How Far We’ve Come

Today is World Aids Day, which marks nearly 20 years since the AIDS virus was first recognized by the U.S. Center for Disease Control. A 2010 Global Report from UNAIDS demonstrates just how far we’ve come since then in preventing, treating, and eradicating the AIDS virus, and offers hope for the future. Read More World Aids Day””Look How Far We’ve Come

Celebrity Social Media Activism: Effective or Insulting?

I read yesterday that several celebrities, most notably Lady Gaga, are joining Alicia Keys in her fundraising efforts for Keys’ charity, Keep A Child Alive. The goal is to raise $1 million as quickly as possible in honor of World AIDS Day, which is Wednesday. So far so good, right? The only thing that I find odd is their strategy: Keys, Gaga will lead the charge in signing off Twitter and Facebook until the $1 million target. Hm. Read More Celebrity Social Media Activism: Effective or Insulting?