01 December 2005
World Aids Day
Eunice is Isaac's mother. He's about 30 years old. I do not know Eunice's age. They both are HIV+ and ridiculed daily in their Johannesburg community. Surely Isaac slept with his mother and passed it on to her, people say.
Kevin is married in a South Carolina town. He has to reveal to his wife that he contracted HIV from someone else.
Angeline is frail and living with HIV. Everyday she cares for other HIV/AIDS patients in her community in Johannesburg, though, walking long, dusty streets in spite of and maybe because of her disease.
Larry, a Britishman, quits his suit-and-tie job and begins educating children--British and South African--about HIV/AIDS after discovering he contracted the disease. MADaboutART was birthed.
These people I've met and millions upon millions of others I will never see live with HIV/AIDS daily. Remember them today and everyday. Pray for them. Write letters encouraging our nation to support them.
People live with and die from AIDS. It's not easy to face this fact. But we must. We must face it each day.