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World AIDS Day

Posted by Schevus on December 1, 2008

As I am sure you have heard, today is World AIDS Day. AIDS continues to ravage Africa and is an ever-present concern for anyone, no matter where you live. Here in the St. Louis area, there are several organizations devoted to dealing with AIDS and supporting those who suffer from it.

Doorways is an organization that focuses on housing for those affected by HIV/AIDS, but which offers other services as well. Their signature facility offers housing for 36 individuals who are unable to live independently as a result of HIV/AIDS. Doorways has many ways to get involved as a volunteer. I almost ended up volunteering with them myself when I was seeking opportunities in the homeless spectrum last year, but unfortunately I just did not have the time to devote to another organization. That said, if you are able, I encourage you to get involved.

Another organization in the area is St. Louis Effort For AIDS. I do not have personal experience with this group, but they seem to offer a broad range of support programs for those affected by AIDS, including a unique program which helps AIDS sufferers keep and care for their pets. They also offer education and information about the prevention of HIV/AIDS. Like Doorways, SLEFA also has several opportunities to help in a volunteer capacity.

On a larger scale, one of the organizations doing a lot of good for those suffering from HIV/AIDS is the Clinton Foundation. The Clinton Foundation has made great strides in providing anti-retroviral medication at incredibly discounted prices in Africa and elsewhere. This has given 1.4 million people access to these life saving drugs who would not have been able to afford them otherwise. Aside from HIV/AIDS, the Clinton Foundation also has several other notable programs.

I figured I would provide some information in the spirit of World AIDS Day. Please leave a comment if you know of any other good resources, either in the the St. Louis area or elsewhere. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend!

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2 Responses to “World AIDS Day”

  1. sahar009 said

    It’s so important for everyone to be aware of AIDS, which is unfortunately still very much present. You can also direct your readers to http://saharsblog.wordpress.com/2008/12/01/worlds-aids-day-some-basic-information/ if they want more information, and to http://saharsblog.wordpress.com/2008/12/01/world-aids-day-more-for-those-who-want-to-read/ for those who are looking for a great book to read about HIV/AIDS. Keep blogging!

  2. schevus said

    Some good information provided by Sahar. Thanks!

    Here is another good article on AIDS by Josh Ruxin, a guest blogger for Nicholas Kristof’s “On The Ground” blog. Mr. Ruxin is a public health expert currently living in Rwanda.

    http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/01/a-killer-and-a-cure-this-world-aids-day/

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