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December 1, 2009

Today is World AIDS Day.

Once thought to be sort of a far-off disease that is ravaging Africa, reports from the past two years have revealed that AIDS is a “modern epidemic” in our nation’s capital. It is estimated that 1 in 20 people who live in Washington, DC, has HIV, and 1 in 50 has AIDS.

Numbers in DC are twice as high as those in NYC, and four times as high as other cities such as Detroit. Why? Many think it is because of “late testers,” people who find out they are infected after potentially infecting many others, and when their own immune systems are severely degraded.

What does it all mean?

It means that you should get tested. It means you should check out these photos of the AIDS crisis in Africa, where every day 6500 people die from HIV/AIDS complications, and where 14 million children have been orphaned in the past 25 years.

It means you shouldn’t regard HIV/AIDS as something exotic, because it is certainly making its presence known in the US.

Visit this site to find out how you can help.

Give Product (RED) gifts this year to friends and family.

Offer a prayer.

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