ANNOUNCEMENT
After a lot of thought, I've decided to take a break from blogging for the foreseeable future. With my little C creeping its way back into my life and possible long term treatment now, I need to take a couple of things off my plate for the time being, and the blog is going to be one of those things. As it is, it felt like it was becoming more of a chore than anything else. I need my reading time to be more enjoyable right now, more of the escape that I really need, and what I don't need is the little voice in the back of my head telling me how many reviews I'm behind and trying to come up with what I need to say about the book.

I simply want to read.

I'll more than likely occasionally post on here what I've been reading, and if there is something that really blows my mind, I'll probably have more to say about it and may write up a proper post, but for right now, things are going to be very quiet around here.

As always, happy reading!
2017 edit
I will continue to blog according to my health and ability, and connecting my posts thru Goodreads, so please be patient if things get quiet around here again this year.

2017 edit #2
I am happy to report that my bone marrow transplant was a success and that I'm feeling more like myself everyday. That said, I'm going to try to start blogging a little more frequently, but please bare with me as I still continue to recover.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

from my bookshelf Goes Red for World AIDS Day 10


I'm taking a moment today to step away from my usual bookish thoughts, to go red and to do my small part in the blogosphere to help raise awareness about AIDS and help to end the prejudice and stigma that is often forced on those who are infected.

December 1 each year is World AIDS Day. It's a day to remember those who we have lost to this terrible disease, to stand by those still fighting and to educate ourselves. There still is no cure yet for this disease, but it is no longer the early death sentence that it once was. There are medications available that can hold the disease at bay and that can reduce the levels of the disease in a person to practically undetectable levels.

One of the most important things you can do for yourself is to find out your status. There are many resources available, everywhere, to find out your status, or you can go to aids.gov or hivtest.org to find out more about the disease and to find locations where you can be tested. You can also find out more about World AIDS Day here.

There are many other resources out there for more information about AIDS and with ways that you can help fight the disease and raise awareness, too. The (RED) Campaign, Annie Lennox's SING Campaign and the Elton John AIDS Foundation are just a few that I can think of off the top of my head.

So, take a moment today, educate yourself; remember those that we have lost; if you know someone who is fighting, give them a hug and let them know they're not alone. Together, we can overcome this disease.

1 comment:

Caspette said...

This reminded me. Last week on Australian Undercover Boss a worker confessed he had been diagnoised with AIDS. He spoke so openly about what he went through.

I was amazed they aired it because even though everyone knows about it and even talks about it, there is still a sort of taboo on it.

The show donated a whole heap of money to the organisation that was helping him which I thought was fantastic.

Congratulations on putting these posts on your blog and spreading the awareness!