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AIDS Foundations Come to Your Aide

Nov 30, 2010

The fight against AIDS continues to grow every year since the disease was first identified in 1981. With thousands of people becoming infected every day, AIDS foundations have been created to take action against this fatal disease. World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1, so show your support for the fight against AIDS by wearing a red ribbon!

The AIDS Epidemic

AIDS was originally called Gay-Related Immune Deficiency when it was first discovered in five gay men in Los Angeles. But doctors realized that HIV and AIDS affect people of all ages, genders and nationalities - regardless of whether they're gay or straight. It starts as a virus called HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) that turns into the disease AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) once it has seriously damaged the immune system. Unfortunately, there is no cure for AIDS, but there are drugs that can slow down the disease.


The Fight Against AIDS

With HIV infecting more than 33.4 million people around the world, organizations have sprung up to help spread the word, not the disease. AIDS foundations work to prevent infections, find a cure and raise awareness through education, research and funding. They also offer health and social programs to help people adapt to living with HIV/AIDS.


How You Can Help

There are so many ways you can help - donate some of your allowance, volunteer your time or just be a friend to someone living with HIV/AIDS. Most AIDS foundations have programs that you can get involved with, such as the annual toy drive offered by the Magic Johnson Foundation. It also plans the Children's Mardi Gras, where over 2,000 inner-city kids enjoy carnival rides and games, eat ice cream, meet celebrities and much more! Contact your local AIDS organization on more ways to help.


Did You Know?

  • October is World AIDS Awareness Month.
  • World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1st.
  • People wear red ribbons to support the fight against AIDS.
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How Will You Help Fight AIDS?

  • Volunteer at my local AIDS organization.
  • Donate my allowance.
  • Get to know someone who has HIV/AIDS.
  • Ask my mom to help me sponsor an infected child in a third-world country.

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Clarkguild
Dear Dish-it, Sorry to be a burden, but I need some advice. About a year ago, I decided I didn't want to live with my mom and decided to move in with my dad. After my mom found out, she told me "You are no longer my child, go drop dead and rot in hell for all I care." My siblings, especially my twin, began to threaten me and my father's lives if we were to ever step foot near them again. A year later, my dad and I get in massive fights about everything I do wrong and he never seems to try and see my point of view. He often gets ##### and compares me to my mother and his previous exes. I feel lost on what to do. I feel so alone and so...hurt. Do you have any advice? I know it's pathetic of me to rant on here, but I'm clueless and on the verge of snapping.
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heckinmemes
have you tried punching her and your dad
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LUCYQWERTY123
hey there!! well i suggest u to answer back cause i think he missed u cause he hasnt see u for a year and i know he is estranged but if u answer back maybe he wont be strange so yeah :D :D :D
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MysticalC
My dad and I are kind of estranged, we haven't spoken in a year. So my mom decides it would be a good idea to let him message me. He texted me while I was at school and now I have no idea what to do. All he said was 'Hi _, how is school?'. Do I reply? Do I not? If I do, what do I say? My mom and grandparents are no help, they just cracked jokes about it. KidzWorld has helped me with a hell lot of things, I better not be let down this time.
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jordand08
Just act like you were introducing him as one of your friends. Be yourself, wear stuff that’s comfortable. It’s okay to be nervous because everyone will be. Just hang out and have fun.
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