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25 Years December 1, 2006

Posted by marymac in activism, Feeling historical, I'm so deep.
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I remember a time before, when the scariest thing about S-E-X was that girls could get pregnant, and boys could make girls pregnant. And you could get mono from kissing, and maybe VD, whatever that was, from S-E-X.

I remember a time before, when people were starting to get sick. But it was only certain kinds of people, and if you interact with any of them you would be fine.

I remember a time before, when a child got sick and got kicked out of school, and then a celebrity got sick and people started to notice that something was going on.

I remember a time before, when the President of the U.S. couldn’t or wouldn’t mention in public the name of a disease that had taken the lives of thousands of people.

I remember a time before, when there was no Quilt. Before all those names, all those faces, all that grief was spread out for everyone to see. And I remember when it grew and grew and grew until the whole of it was just too much to view at once.

I remember a time before, when the medication wore people out physically, financially, and emotionally because they had to take SO DAMN MUCH of it, ALL DAY LONG, and it hurt as much as it helped and the best anyone could hope for was that it would slow down the inevitable.

I remember a time before, when volunteering to work with people who were Positive meant driving them to one medical appointment after another, and visiting them in the hospital, and being one of the only people willing to touch them, and keeping them company while they waited for the disease to take them.

I remember a time before, when I visited one of my dearest friends in the hospital and hoped he’d make it out. And he did.

Twenty-five years since the first AIDS case was reported, and it’s still affecting millions of people every day, all over the world.

December 1st is World AIDS Day — please take a minute today to think about how we can make this a time before… before the AIDS Pandemic came to an end.


World AIDS Day website:
http://www.worldaidsday.org
The Kaiser Family Foundation’s excellent World HIV/AIDS Timeline: http://www.kff.org/hivaids/timeline/hivtimeline.cfm
The AIDS Memorial Quilt website: http://www.aidsquilt.org/
Information on the AIDS Pandemic: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5531a1.htm

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1. mtwelovett - December 3, 2006

I thought about posting something about “A Day Without Art” on my blog, but i didn’t make it in time, an you say it more eloquently. Some arts organizations have switched to “A Day With Art” while still trying to show the impact the AIDS crisis has had on the arts world. The year this “program” started, my first semester in college, museums covered their art in black cloths as a reminder of how it has effected artists in the visual and performing arts.

I’m thankful they have made some headway on the drugs to help these people, but we’re still a long way from a cure.

2. Theresa - December 4, 2006

That made me teary…

3. Laura - December 4, 2006

When I was in HS, my biology teacher made sure that all of his students understood what AIDS was and how you could get it (and not get it). He didn’t want us to have any misconceptions about the disease or any unwarranted fear of it.

A month or so after our AIDS lesson, a local news reporter contacted him and asked to interview some of his students about the “AIDS epidemic” to see how it was “affecting the youth of our city.” So Mr. Biology teacher rounded up his best students told us to speak rationally and not be scared by anything the reporter said. Needless to say, the reporter didn’t get the story that she wanted and we didn’t get much airtime.


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