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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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My bff and I were best friends but weve grown apart im getting older and she still wants to do kid stuff I have new friends now I feel like im being mean to her but like doesn't she get the memo I feel both guilty and mad:} Gosh.... put the shoe on  the other foot and see how would you feel if your bff done this on you. You has been bffs for the long time [Im guessing] and your maturing faster than her.  I agrees you are being mean to her if you doesnt discuss how your feeling with her and ignoring / avoiding her or whatever your doing.    She has been the good friend to you and she deserves to understand if you is growing up faster than her.  I really feels sad for how she could be feeling right now. She didnt do anything wrong.  You changed. Not her. Please be nice to your friend/ex friend and let her down gently [if you really has to] ^^ Me opinion  
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