Let’s take a good long look at HIV rate in our community.
By Denise Dunbar
We have to stop ignoring this! New CDC numbers show a distressing trend. There’s an increasing number of young people, ages 13 – 24 becoming infected with the HIV virus!! (What’s really going on?!!) According to health professionals, of all the new HIV infections, about 35 to 40 percent were for people aged 15 to 24.
Area activists are blowing my phone up about this. Unless you live on Mars, you should be concerned too. O.K., you might be older than 24, but I bet you know somebody who knows somebody who is in that age bracket. We’ve all got to get involved to make sure everyone gets a clue about HIV prevention and treatment. Believe it or not, I even had a 14-yaer old tell me once that you can’t catch the virus if you’re only doing oral sex!!
Information is key to making sure everyone gets the importance of protection. That’s also a reason why I support organizations who help spread awareness, like the Grapevine HIV/AIDS Foundation and Simply United Together. They’re holding their 9th Annual Youth AIDS Walk at Piedmont Park to help raise funds to continue with free HIV tests and awareness projects. You can support them, this Saturday, March 28th at 7 am. Participants will march to the Georgia Capitol for a rally and concert at 12 noon.
Sign up for the walk at http://www.thegrapevinehivaidsfoundation.com/walk.html.
A Tribute to Folks We Lost to AIDS
1. Eazy-E 1963-19951 of 20
2. Alvin Ailey 1931-19892 of 20
3. Franklyn Seales 1952-19903 of 20
4. Jermaine Stewart 1957-19974 of 20
5. Kevin Peter Hall 1955-19915 of 20
6. Gia Carangi 1960-19866 of 20
7. Arthur Ashe 1943-19937 of 20
8. Larry Riley 1953-19928 of 20
9. Fela Kuti 1938-19979 of 20
10. Willi Smith 1948-198710 of 20
11. Sharon Redd 1945-199211 of 20
12. Pedro Zamora 1972-199412 of 20
13. David Hampton 1964-200313 of 20
14. Yvonne Vera 1964-200514 of 20
15. Freddie Mercury 1946-199115 of 20
16. Perry Watkins 1948-199616 of 20
17. Anthony Perkins 1932-199217 of 20
18. Max Robinson 1939-198818 of 20
19. Rick Aviles 1952-199519 of 20
20. Robert Reed 1932-199220 of 20