December 1 is World AIDS Day.
The triumphalist narratives about AIDS being a manageable condition and the wonders of AndroGel are of no comfort to those in the U.S. facing the disease without health insurance, or to the tens of millions in the developing world who are infected. Worldwide, women represent nearly half of those living with HIV/AIDS. In the U.S., people under 25 account for half of new AIDS cases. Of new infections in the U.S., at least half involve black people. Roughly 75% of women with AIDS in the U.S. were infected through heterosexual intercourse.
There is a grim story about AIDS in Africa in today's New York Times.
I support three AIDS-related organizations that assisted friends of mine: AIDS Action Committee (Boston), Housing Works, and God's Love We Deliver. Why not sign up to give an automatic monthly contribution of, say, $18 or $36? (The number 18 stands for chai or life.) Here's a list of AIDS organizations in New York; feel free to mention others in the comments field.