National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is today, Tuesday, March 10th. The epidimic continues to disproportionately impact women and girls around the world and w/in the U.S. is infecting straight black women at the highest rate of any race, gender, or sexual orientation in the nation.
Bloggers Karyn of The Fabulous Giver and Luvvie of Awesomely Luvvie, came up with the Rock the Red Pump campaign to help raise awareness about the spread of HIV and AIDs amongst women. They have asked that bloggers around the world unite in raising awareness today and that people host information sessions, discussions, and awareness campaigns today under the banner of Rock the Red Pump.
Things you can do:
- educate yourself and others in a non-judging, supportive environment
- host a discussion in your home or your community
- make a PSA that raises awareness about the impact of HIV and AIDs on the women in your community – upload to youtube, your blog, and show it at your community center or campus
- engage women in your community in an awareness campaign
- wear red shoes (you don’t have to wear a pump if you don’t want to) in solidarity with the effort and tell people why you have them on
- organize a group of friends to get tested together
In the long term
- volunteer with an agency that helps spread awareness about HIV and AIDs
- start a reading group that includes both social science and literary information about HIV and AIDs
- ask your school or community center, to sponsor a discussion and/or film series about HIV and AIDs
- if you speak other languages than English, offer to translate existing fliers and brochures, or help re-dub films for your local HIV and AIDs programs
- encourage your friends to get tested and go with them as a support person, make a date to keep this practice up
This blog has done a lot of posts on HIV and AIDs already over the years with all of the important statistics and numbers. Please use this information and spread it widely. If you want to find a confidential place to get tested in your area or know more about testing start by clicking here. For general information about women and HIV see the link at the top of the post or some of the posts here on this blog (see search engine @ top right hand of blog).