Saturday, March 17, 2012
I was pretty young when the world first learned more about what exactly HIV/AIDS was. I can remember getting the "talk" in 5th grade and it was just being introduced into the curriculum. I can look back at those days and think holy cow, how far the world has come huh? In a day when it was believed to be a "gay" disease or the potential for survival was so little, we now see people living full lives and for quite awhile. The truth is, it's a very real and very devastating disease that effects millions all over the world. No matter your race, your sexual orientation, your gender, it can happen to any one person at any given time. With anything comes education, and knowledge. Talk to your kids, talk to your partner/spouse, open lines of communication and learn how to keep yourself safe! Get tested regularly and avoid risky behaviors that can lead to exposure.
I chose this theme and name of the kit because like most kids my age (god I feel old!) I can remember the show "Life goes on" and how her boyfriend on the show was Jesse and he had HIV. That show was incredible to break a lot of sterotypes about a lot of things and HIV was one of them. When I thought about making the kit, I thought about the love story of Jesse and Becca, about my friends and family, and how everyone deserves to be loved. No matter what your status is. You are beautiful, no matter what they say.... (cue Christina song)...and it's true. Please do the research, get tested and remember, love everyone and be accepting.
Please visit AIDS.GOV for more information on the disease and National Native Aids day HERE
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