World AIDS Day: 10 great ways you can help raise awareness
Don't be indifferent about World AIDS Day. Go out, be involved, and do your share to increase HIV and AIDS awareness.
Do something meaningful on World AIDS Day
According to international HIV and AIDS charity AVERT, the outbreak has already taken around 30 million lives since 1990, worldwide. In the Philippines, 20,424 cases have been reported in the past 30 years.
So don’t be indifferent about World AIDS Day. Get out, be involved, and do your part to educate others about HIV and AIDS and intensify efforts to contain the pandemic.
Here are 10 ways you can help...
Wear a red ribbon
When you sport this internationally-recognized symbol, you convey solidarity with AIDS victims and those afflicted with HIV. So, remind family, friends, neighbors and office mates to wear one too.
Distinguish fact from fallacy
These are the facts, though, according to WebMD’s HIV and AIDS Health Center: you can get HIV from infected blood, semen, vaginal fluid or breast milk, and about 16% of men and 78% of women become HIV-positive through heterosexual contact.
Read the World Health Organization's fact sheet on AIDS to be better informed.
Donate money to HIV and AIDS advocacy groups
Say a prayer
Alternatively, you can fight AIDS one mile at a time by joining Nike, Red, and Bank of America’s global "One Step Closer/Turn your Miles (Red)” Program. For every mile run from October 12 to December 7, 2014, Bank of America will donate 40 cents to the US Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.
Be an online activist
Know the latest laws concerning HIV and AIDS
It helps to be informed as well about which organizations offer free testing in case you or someone you know would need it in the future.
See a doctor for a checkup
Follow the doctor’s advice regarding medication, good nutrition, staying fit and practicing safe sex. Make sure you are in the pink of health to live longer and happily with your spouse and kids.
Join the fight against HIV and AIDS
The fight against HIV and AIDS is a local one as much as it is global. Filipinos have joined rallies, lit candles, released lanterns, held contests, and supported other significant activities in recent years.
What have you done and contributed so far?
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