April 13, 2009

April 13, 2009
Act Against AIDS Campaign

Welcome to another day in my life. I am off and running at the start of another busy week. I hope you had a great Easter and those of you who had to travel had a safe trip.

I had a hard time sleeping again last night and ended up staying up for most of it. So I was late getting up and missed a conference call with Jeff Crowley. I was very disappointed but sometimes things can not be helped.

Have you heard the latest news out of Washington DC? The White House launches “Act Against AIDS” campaign in United States.

President Barack Obama’s administration launched on April 7 a five-year, $45 million campaign to generate HIV/AIDS awareness in the United States, The Washington Post reports. The campaign, titled “Act Against AIDS,” will include public service announcements, text messages and advertising on public transportation as well as a web site, NineAndaHalfMinutes.org (the name refers to how frequently people are infected domestically).

“There is a complacency…a false sense of security and a false sense of calm,” said Kevin Fenton, director of the national center for HIV/AIDS at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Every 9-1/2 minutes, someone’s mother, someone’s daughter, someone’s father, someone’s friend is infected.”

According to Fenton, the campaign will focus initially on African Americans, which make up roughly 12 percent of the U.S. population but account for nearly half of new infections and nearly half of the HIV positive population. A separate phase of the campaign will target Latinos, which account for 15 percent of the population and 17 percent of new infections.

Fenton added that the primary goal of the $9 million a year campaign “is to put the HIV epidemic on the front burner, on the radar screen.”

So here is another of hope from our current President and his Administration. Now if we can just get more funding to take care of those Americans already infected.

Stay tuned for details as they happen.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab