redbull, Thanks for this. David Mixner is so correct. We all need to talk about HIV/AIDS. Everyone should see this and listen to him. His message is real. I know what he is talking about. I too have lost all of my friends that would be my age or a little older. It sucks.
It is a conversation that still needs to be had and kept in the forefront. I posted a thread about an HIV/AIDS summit in Washington, D.C., mainly focusing on the African-American community. This was also shown on C-Span. Granted, the summit was four hours long, but no matter the time, it is still important.
Admittedly, I was surprised that not a single comment was posted and that was very telling for me. Should be talk about? Absolutely. Will we? Probably not as long as there is a "as long as it isn't in my backyard" mentality. And that is a sad legacy indeed.
1 in 5 people in the world are infected with hiv and don't know it. Do we need to talk about AIDS? Hell yes! It's a disease that is totally preventable and can be eliminated if people would just get tested and know their status, so they can make responsible decisions before they have sex. I cycle every year for the San Francisco Aids Foundation, from SF to LA to raise money for people living with hiv and/or AIDS. Each year we raise over 10 million in an attempt to end this disease. Only through education and responsible sexual behavior will we end it.
Yes, everyone should hear David Mixner......and everyone should feel comfortable talking about HIV/AIDS and until they all are, this disease will continue to win. July 4th is the 24th Anniversary of my brothers death from AIDS. I still miss him every day.
I think we should talk about it because HIV can infect anyone, regardless of: gender, sexuality, race, creed, ethnicity, money in the bank, age, or HIV status. The amount of suffering caused by AIDS worldwide is staggering to think about. We should talk about it, because ignoring it will not make it go away. If anything ignoring it will make things worse.