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Friday, June 14, 2002

Ideas That Matter
A symbol which serves as a bridge uniting people to fight HIV/AIDS, The Bracelet is designed to increase awareness and to help people recognize that anyone—man, woman, or child— can be infected and that it is up to each of us to be compassionate, understanding, and responsible.

Until There's A Cure® is a national organization dedicated to eradicating HIV/AIDS by raising awareness and funds to combat this pandemic. Until's basic idea is to create a unifying symbol (in this case a bracelet) that will hopefully spread as an Idea Virus to help raise awareness of the continuing AIDS epidemic in the world. We've lived with the threat of AIDS for so long, we tend to forget just how startling the statistics of this disease are -- so here are a few courtesy of Until's website:
Every minute, 11 people worldwide are infected with HIV.
Newsweek, January 10, 2000

In 1999, the United Nations found that 2.6 million people worldwide will die of HIV/AIDS, the most of any year since the epidemic began.
San Francisco Chronicle, November 24, 1999

It was estimated that during 1999, 5.6 million adults and children, worldwide, were infected with HIV.
San Francisco Chronicle, November 24, 1999

Nine out of ten HIV positive individuals DO NOT KNOW they are infected.
World AIDS Day Resource 1998

HIV has become so prevalent that most of us know someone who either has the virus, or has died from it. You can find out more about this organization (and buy a bracelet) on their website Until.org.

I bought the silver one.


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