It's March 10th. Today is National Women and Girl's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
As I mentioned before, I signed up to "Rock the red pump" in order to spread awareness.
Every 35 minutes, a woman tests positive for HIV in the United States. Though much progress has been made in the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, women still represent 27 percent of all new AIDS diagnoses, with African-American women making up an overwhelming 66 percent of that number. In 2006, teen girls represented 39% of AIDS cases reported among 13–19 year-olds. Black teens represented 69% of cases reported among 13–19 year-olds; Latino teens represented 19%. These startling statistics are the driving force behind Red Pump's message.
The stats are scary, but they can change. Know your health and get tested. Be in charge of your health and be informed. With a little knowledge HIV/AIDS is preventable. Take charge of your health, take charge of your future. In my previous post, I had mentioned how I'd spread the word to my peers when they commented on my shoes, and I did just that. I had several people I work with and the barista at Starbucks mention them. I told them about the Red Pump Project and the startling stats. That's just a few people, but chances are those people, especially the 7 women I spoke with are likely to share this information and the word slowly gets out. You can do your part, too.
If you're interested in the Red Pump Project, please visit their website. This is their 3rd annual campaign and over 1,200 bloggers signed up and promised to rock their red pumps.
Here's how I rocked the red pump today.