Rock the Red Pump for HIV/AIDS Awareness

Rock the Red Pump poster
Gather up your ruby slippers!

March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) in the United States.  The day is dedicated to raising awareness about the impact of HIV and AIDS on women and girls. Currently, 27% of new AIDS cases diagnosed are women and 66% of those women are African-American.

To help call attention to this problem, talk about it. Tweet and post on social networks with the hashtag #RocktheRedPump. Put on a pair of red pumps and show your support! And , if you can post those pix on Instagram, that would be totally awesome!

You can find out more information about the Rock the Red Pump campaign here at theredpumpproject.org.

Keep the court where it is: where the people need it!

According to the NWI Times, on Friday, February 8, 2013, there will be a court hearing about whether to grant a restraining order to keep the child support department of the Juvenile Court in Gary, Indiana. The judge would like to consolidate her court in Crown point. I think this is a move that disproportionately and adversely affects the poor, minorities and women!

This move will inconvenience thousands of people, many of whom do not have transportation.  And just exactly how do supporters of the move suggest that people get to court with no county-wide transportation? Are these the same people who have repeatedly shot down a food and beverage tax in Lake County that would pay for a county bus service?

Remember, generally you are required to appear in court; it is not like an invitation to tea that you can easily reschedule. This will only add more stress to an already stressful situation. And, missed court dates due to transportation issues will be more costly for everyone concerned.

This is a move that would seriously hurt those who can least afford it. The cost in lost work time, gasoline and stress on poor families far outweighs any personal convenience efficiency gained by the judge and her staff. Leave the services where the people who need it are at. I am sure the judge and her staff have cars….

Rock the Red Pump for AIDS Awareness

Here in the United states, March 10th has been designated as National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD). In recognition of the day, we are proud to be part of the Rock the Red Pump Project. This year’s campaign goal was to get 500 blogs to sign up and join in spreading awareness of the day in just 50 days. The actual number was double that, with over a thousand blogs participating.  NWGHAAD focuses on the effect of HIV and Aids on women and girls. The 2011 campaign is focusing on the statistic “Every 35 minutes, a woman tests positive for HIV in the United States.

The facts are that 27% of all new patients diagnosed with AIDS are women and girls.  African-American women account for 66% of that group.

Women and girls are the one of the fastest growing segments of newly diagnosed HIV patients. It is vitally important that women and girls particularly know what the risks are, how to minimize them and where they can get tested.

The CDC has a brief podcast  available about AIDS, HIV and the facts that women need to know about the disease.

According to the CDC:

[The] CDC estimates that 1 in five people living with HIV infection in the United States do not know they are infected. Getting tested for HIV is the first step to protecting yourself and others. Knowing your own HIV status and that of your male sexual partners is critical because 85% of newly diagnosed HIV infections in American women and girls result from sex with an infected male partner. Early diagnosis of HIV allows for counseling and prompt treatment. HIV treatment prolongs life and reduces the risk of further HIV transmission. If you are a pregnant woman, it is especially important that you get tested early to help ensure, that if you are HIV-positive, you do not transmit the virus to your unborn child. Encouraging your partner to wear a condom every time you engage in sexual activity is another important way to protect yourself.

There is much more information available about AIDS in women on the CDC website. You can also jump to a form to find a testing facility near you.