How You Can Help Make HIV History

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Every 2 minutes a young woman contracts HIV. In 2016 1 million people died of HIV-related illnesses globally. Are you ready to #MakeHIVHistory too? #JNJ #ad

I remember exactly where I was when I first heard about HIV.

I was in my 6th grade classroom with my amazing teacher. This was the early 90’s and people were scared and more uncertain. I’m not saying that fear has dissipated but the initial mystery had us all frightened. My teacher gave us a lesson on what it is and how you can catch it, and mainly – all the ways you can’t catch it. I remember that conversation distinctly and how it helped alleviate some of my fear. Little did I know, I’d remember and need my teacher’s words not long after.

When I was 13, a few years later, someone VERY close to me pulled me aside and told me had contracted HIV. I was crushed and heartbroken. This was a family member, and one of the most important people in my life. I feared the unknown in general, but this was a HUGE unknown to me. Over 20 years later, this is still an important cause to me. Every week, over 7,000 young women around the world contract HIV – according to UNAIDS. That means that there’s a new young woman impacted every two minutes. Young women aged 10-24 are twice as likely to contract HIV as males the same age. Today, young people make up over 20% of HIV/AIDS cases in the US, and according to the CDC, young people between the ages of 13 and 24 account for just over one in five HIV diagnoses. This is staggering to me after all this time with what I have learned.

It’s over 30 years later, and HIV is still here. Not only that, 30% of people globally who are HIV positive don’t know that they are. The vast majority of people living with HIV are located in low and middle income countries. There’s an estimated 25.5 million living in sub-Saharan Africa and among this group, 19.4 million are living in East and Southern Africa. This group saw 44% of new HIV infections globally in 2016. 1 million peple died of HIV-related illnesses in 2016, according to the World Health Organization, and almost half of these deaths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa. Every day, 400 children newly contract HIV, with 290 children dying of AIDS related illnesses, according to UNAIDS – Children and HIV Fact Sheet July 2016.

I made a video at www.MakeHIVHistory.com and you can too:

For more information, you can check out Johnson & Johnson’s Make HIV History page here. Treatments for HIV have improved, including a promising possible HIV vaccine being developed by Johnson & Johnson which they announced at this year’s Global Citizen Festival. For more info:
https://www.jnj.com/innovation/6-surprising-things-you-may-not-know-about-hiv-aids-today
www.jnj.com/progress
http://www.amfar.org/About-HIV-and-AIDS/Facts-and-Stats

Every 2 minutes a young woman contracts HIV. In 2016 1 million people died of HIV-related illnesses globally. Are you ready to #MakeHIVHistory too? #JNJ #ad

Will you join us to make HIV history?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

About Tamara

Tamara is a professional photographer at http://tamaracamera.com/, a mama of two, a writer/blogger at http://tamaracamerablog.com and a nearly professional cookie taster. She has been known to be all four of those things at all hours of the day and night. She is a very proud contributor to the book, The Mother Of All Meltdowns. http://themotherofallmeltdowns.com, as well as Stigma Fighters Anthology (volume 1), and The HerStories Project: So Glad They Told Me. She is also a proud Community Lead/QA Reader with Sway, and a regular contributor to the SoFab Food blog, and the Target Made Me Do It blog. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter, son, dog, cat, and 11 chickens in glorious western Massachusetts.


Comments

How You Can Help Make HIV History — 3 Comments

  1. I definitely recall first learning about HIV when I was much younger. I can recall the first real face to this was Magic Johnson way back when. Since then, I too have had more personal experiences with a friend of the family having contracted the disease. So I can’t thank you enough for sharing more about it here today, as well as your video, too.

  2. Four hundred children a day contract the disease?! That is heart breaking. So many lives affected. Thanks for sharing this post and some of the good news about a possible vaccine.

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