World AIDS Day 2019 — Waldina

Today is the 31st anniversary of the first World AIDS Day. A reconstruction of it’s genetic history shows that the HIV pandemic almost certainly originated in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, around 1920. AIDS was first recognized in 1981 and by 2009 had caused nearly 30 million deaths. As of 2016, […]

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  1. My town didn’t observe World AIDS Day until the year the stamp came out. I was asked by a very dear friend to plan a commemoration that year, something i had never attempted before, and after the shaky beginning the committee I formed pulled off one of the best walks ever in this small town. Our Bishop in the Catholic community ordered 100 of the laminated stamp pins for the first 100 people to show up. We never at any time thought there would be that many people, but went ahead and invited the Mayor, the Bishop and a few others to speak in the gazebo at the river front. The media came and then the people began showing up — over 200 people on that frigid evening down at the Ohio River banks where the temps were lower than any other site in town. What a wonderful tribute to a lot of struggling families who were fighting the battle that ultimately took one of their children/sister/brother/mom/dad from them, and how far we have come since then. This is still an ongoing battle against a fatal disease though.

    • That sounds absolutely wonderful. Congratulations on a job very well done. People forget about AIDS and think it’s a thing of the past but it’s still with us. I’m so happy your event turned out so well. Congratulations again.

  2. equinoxio21 says:

    Daughter #1 is a Doctor. Infectologist. She works on AIDS a lot. Even did a stint for six months in Africa for Doctors w/o borders. Treating local populations infected with AIDS. The worst wsas the little children who’d got infected at birth…

    • Horrible disease and those poor babies. Your daughter sounds wonderful. Babies born with fetal alcohol syndrom and underweight from smoking moms. Aids, other STDs. Nightmare.

      • equinoxio21 says:

        True. Hadn’t thought of that. We also have those HIV issues with babies here. Don’t know about the alcohol and underweight issues, but I can imagine it happens here too. Plus there have been major budget cuts in the health system here. Can you imagine?

  3. Yes, I can imagine. It happened her before and it’s happening right now. Some insurance companies are also making things incredibly difficult. I think those things happen to babies everywhere where people smoke, drink and do drugs. Some people don’t realize they’re pregnant and some don’t care. Those things depend on a lot of issues.

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