A Tribute to Folks We Lost to AIDS
1. Eazy-E 1963-19951 of 19
2. Alvin Ailey 1931-19892 of 19
3. Franklyn Seales 1952-19903 of 19
4. Jermaine Stewart 1957-19974 of 19
5. Kevin Peter Hall 1955-19915 of 19
6. Gia Carangi 1960-19866 of 19
7. Arthur Ashe 1943-19937 of 19
8. Larry Riley 1953-19928 of 19
9. Fela Kuti 1938-19979 of 19
10. Willi Smith 1948-198710 of 19
11. Sharon Redd 1945-199211 of 19
12. Pedro Zamora 1972-199412 of 19
13. David Hampton 1964-200313 of 19
14. Yvonne Vera 1964-200514 of 19
15. Freddie Mercury 1946-199115 of 19
16. Perry Watkins 1948-199616 of 19
17. Anthony Perkins 1932-199217 of 19
18. Rick Aviles 1952-199518 of 19
19. Robert Reed 1932-199219 of 19
AIDS and HIV are not the immediate death sentences they once were. But of course, that’s no excuse for us to stay lax on practicing safe sex and being support for loved ones, co-workers and anyone in our circles that are living with the disease. Since 1988, World AIDS Day (created by World Health Organization Public Information officers James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter in 1987) has been a national day of recognizing the impact of the virus. December 1 is a day for you to show support for people living with HIV and commemorate those who have died. A lot of people show their support and solidarity by wearing a red ribbon and getting tested.
WorldAidsDay.org reports “an estimated 34 million people [globally] who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.”
Do you know your status? Here are three area clinics offering testing:
1. Baltimore City Health Department
1515 W North Ave
Baltimore, MD 21217
2. Baltimore County Department of Health
Woodlawn Health Center
1811 Woodlawn Dr
Baltimore, MD 21207
3. Park West Health System
4120 Patterson Ave
Baltimore, MD 21215
Facts via AIDS.gov:
- More than 1.2 million people in the US are living with HIV, and 1 in 8 of them don’t know it.
- Gay and bisexual men, particularly young African American gay and bisexual men, are most affected.
- Using condoms consistently and correctly, reducing your number of sexual partners and getting tested/treated for other STDs can lower your risk of getting HIV.
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