Today, December 1st, is World AIDS Day. Even though this day has been commemorated for many, many years, there is still no cure, there is still much work to be done.
Get Educated: Pelf of The Giving Hands has an excellent post all about the basics of HIV/AIDS. Considering the amount of misinformation out there, it is still important that we know the facts and that we educate each other about the facts. MTV’s Staying Alive campaign is also chock-ful of information about health, testing, and advocacy, as well as ways to act that are fun and interesting.
Get Involved: The Malaysia AIDS Council regularly organizes events and activities to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and to help those affected by the disease. The “Volunteering” section on their site isn’t up at the moment, but pay attention to local media and events and do get in touch. If you prefer to go international, volunteer organization i-to-i has opportunities to work with AIDS-affected communities in Mombasa and Nairobi, Kenya. World Vision has resources for Christian college students, while online handmade goods store Etsy is collecting donations of gifts for Housing Works, America’s largest minority-run organization working with HIV/AIDS.
Get Connected: Youth activism portal TakingItGlobal has set up the HIV/AIDS Guide to Action Network, a collection of resources on youth working with HIV/AIDS awareness, advocacy, and care. They have also teamed up with some youth organizations to create the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS, which aims to empower youth leaders working with HIV/AIDS issues in their community. UNICEF also has a resource page on HIV/AIDS aimed on collecting opinions, experiences, and knowledge from world youth.
If you have any more resources for youth and HIV/AIDS, please post them in the comments. Thank you.
Links in Post:
- The Giving Hands
- The Giving Hands: All you need to know about AIDS
- Staying Alive
- Malaysia AIDS Council
- i-to-i: Community work with AIDS orphans in Mombasa, Kenya
- i-to-i: HIV/AIDS community work in and around Nairobi
- World Vision
- World Vision: College Students Nationwide Plan a Special Event on World AIDS Day
- Etsy: The Storque: Etsy Cares: Let’s Give Some Craft Back to the Community
- Housing Works
- TakingITGlobal: Projects: HIV/AIDS Guide to Action Network
- Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS
- UNICEF: Voices of Youth: Explore – HIV/AIDS
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