Growing up in the 80s, I was painstakingly made fully aware of the deadly HIV virus. I remember all of the talk on TV and in the schools. When I was around 10 years old, maybe younger, a friend of my dad's and member of The First Christian Church on Chestnut Street was diagnosed with HIV (church is still there, but the First Christian sign was taken down last year). His name was Michael. He was an involved Lynner and a wonderful man. He passed away in what seemed like a very short amount of time.
According to the World AIDS Day 2010 website, HIV is increasing in every region of the world. There are 33.4 million people living with HIV worldwide. This is broken down pretty much 50/50 men and women, and 2.1 million of that number is children.
In Lynn, we put aside some of our federal housing money for our HOPWA funding (Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS).
It's still a very real issue in 2010. Today at 4:30PM, teens (and all ages) will be meeting on the steps of City Hall in Lynn, MA to create a human ribbon to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in our community.
Organized by Lynn Community Health Center's KAYA youth and Girls Inc. of Lynn, CAB Health and Recovery Services, Lynn Community Health Center, Health and Education Services, Strongest Link, Project Cope, Lynn YMCA, Lynn Museum and Historical Society, and the US Office of Refugees Resettlement. Please email Harry Schnur at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!