It’s World AIDS Day again.

Today is World AIDS Day. I used to get pretty excited about it. Not happy excited, but I got all energetic and motivated to change the world. I was a one man awareness campaign.

I’m not entirely sure what changed. I got busy. I got tired of feeling like nobody cared. I got tired of the people who do.

What’s left to say? Be safe. Take care of yourself. If it’s important to you, tell a friend. If you don’t know about HIV and AIDS, get educated. Or, contact me. I’ll gladly tell you what I know, and show you where to learn more.

I can’t save the world, but if I help someone and you help someone we can come a little bit closer.

World AIDS Day

It’s 1 December again, which means that it’s World AIDS Day. This year I am manning a booth set up by the LGBTA. We have lots of free literature and ribbons, and we’re collecting donations for the Whitman-Walker Clinic, a community-based AIDS clinic in Washington, D.C. Donations are completely optional. Honestly, if I collected five dollars and got all the ribbons distributed, I’d count it a success.

I’m trying to get people to come over and take a ribbon. They don’t have to stop and chat. It doesn’t cost them any money and only a split second of their time. Why is that so hard? Do people not want to let others know they are aware of the AIDS crisis that is going on? Do they themselves not want to know? Heterosexual, Caucasian, upper-middle class people can contract HIV too. The excuses are the worst part.

  • “No thanks, I’m aware of AIDS.” — and what about people you know?
  • “My hands are full.” — I’d be happy to drop it in your bag for you.
  • “Sorry, I don’t have time right now.” — to take a pin off a table!?

You can’t spread a message if people don’t want to hear it, and people don’t want to hear about unpleasant things if they don’t think it applies to them.

Maybe we should try an AIDS FUD campaign.

Intolerant of Intolerance

Today was one of those days where I wanted to commit a reverse hate crime. In composition we were talking about morals, in a very abstract sort of way, as a way of studying argument. Many of the examples dealt with saving one person or group at the expense of another. One of the questions was whether to save an aging AIDS researcher or a young person. It was an obvious question for me. The young person might do something great to change the world, but the researcher was doing something great to change the world. A classmate raised his hand and said:

“Save the young person. Why should we worry about curing AIDS? Haven’t we got a huge overpopulation problem as it is?”

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