Here are some words our community came up with to complete the sentence: “AIDS ends when ____ begins.”
In preparation for World AIDS Day on December 1st, we are encouraging our friends, family, peers and leaders to think about the impact of HIV/AIDS in our communities. Though great progress has been made in the last 20 years, we still have a long way to go in creating awareness, preventing transmission, treating, and caring for those who are affected by the HIV virus.
In the words of President Obama, spoken on World AIDS Day in 2007,
“We are all sick because of AIDS – and we are all tested by this crisis. It is a test not only of our willingness to respond, but of our ability to look past the artificial divisions and debates that have often shaped that response. When you go to places like Africa and you see this problem up close, you realize that it’s not a question of either treatment or prevention – or even what kind of prevention – it is all of the above. It is not an issue of either science or values – it is both. Yes, there must be more money spent on this disease. But there must also be a change in hearts and minds; in cultures and attitudes. Neither philanthropist nor scientist; neither government nor church, can solve this problem on their own – AIDS must be an all-hands-on-deck effort.” (For the whole text of the speech, go to http://aidsactivist.blogspot.com/2007/08/barack-obama-on-hivaids.html)
We want to make World AIDS Day 2009 an all-hands-on-deck effort! To see a list of ABAM’s sponsored events in Chicago and Waukegan on December 1st, visit http://www.bonaventurehouse.org/WorldAIDSDay2009. All events are free and open to the public, and we hope to see you there!
Feel free to add a comment with your own answer to “AIDS ends when ___ begins.”