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Our Orphan Bracelets are handcrafted by South African women living with HIV/AIDS using (lead free) copper, brass and aluminum wire. All proceeds go towards helping mothers and children in South Africa whose lives have been severely impacted by HIV/AIDS. Your purchase provides employment to the mothers, and nourishment and care to the HIV/AIDS orphans in South Africa
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Until There’s A Cure plans to enable longer, healthier and more productive lives for HIV-positive girls and boys, ages 26 and younger, in the San Francisco Bay Area by funding testing, medical treatment and peer advocacy services.
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Half of all HIV infections in the U.S. occur in youth under age 25. Each hour in the U.S., two youth become infected with HIV. From receiving an HIV diagnosis, to disclosing ones status, understanding medical reports and dealing with the idea of death … adolescents not only require access to medical treatment, they need guidance to overcome these social and developmental challenges that come along with an HIV diagnosis. San Francisco is one of the regions most affected by HIV/AIDS in the U.S.
This project will provide medical treatment, counseling, drop-in emergency, and/or temporary and permanent housing services to 3,400 HIV-positive or at-risk youth in the San Francisco Bay Area who are battling the emotional and physical challenges of being HIV positive or at-risk.
We’ve battled hysteria, ignorance & complacency! Great advances have been made in treatment & care to improve life quality for persons with HIV/AIDS. There is a cure for AIDS. We’re just not there yet.
- Nora Hanna, Executive Director, Until There’s A Cure
BY HANA KAJIMURA
“It’s bad enough that people are dying of AIDS, but no one should die of ignorance.”
- Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor lived by her word. She used her star status to shine light on an issue that the rest of the world wanted desperately to keep in darkness—HIV and AIDS. The mid 1980’s were years of fear and ignorance. Patients were dying of some “modern plague,” doctors had no answers, and politicians turned their backs to save face. Taylor was the first and most prominent celebrity to give a public voice to a private disease when she stood by her friend, Rock Hudson, who was dying of AIDS. With her support, came attention and awareness.
Following Hudson’s death in 1985, Taylor became as much an AIDS activist as a movie star. She was the founding national chairman of amfAR, The American Foundation for AIDS Research, which has contributed almost $325 million to AIDS programs and research grants. She spoke out before congress, against discriminating laws and for increased funding. In 1991, Taylor founded the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, which focuses on patient care and prevention. She has covered every corner of the spectrum—from medical research, to legislation, to patient services—all while navigating a tumultuous, and very public, private life. Nearly every aspect of Taylor’s career has been scrutinized; yet 50 films, 70 years, and her role as an activist remains indisputable.
“AIDS is both my passion and my obsession,” Taylor said. “I was there at the beginning and I pray I’ll be there at the end.” Taylor died on Wednesday March 23rd, at age 79. We must continue to fight HIV/AIDS for Ms. Taylor and all those like her, who engaged in the battle when no one else would. We must finish what they started, in each and any way we can.
By Hana Kajimura
Today, on National Freedom Day, we remember the moment when President Lincoln signed the 13th amendment into law, promising freedom from slavery and involuntary servitude. We remember the moment in 1865 when a nation was able to look beyond difference and move together to right one of our country’s greatest wrongs. Today we commemorate all those, past and present, recognized and unrecognized, who dedicate their courage, perseverance, and strength to the pursuit of freedom.
In the realm of HIV/AIDS, many still feel trapped by stigma. Cultural norms and misconceptions about HIV/AIDS prevent many who are HIV positive from telling their status or their story. Stigma discourages even more of us from getting tested and treated. Today is a day to spread the message of freedom, on both a national and individual level. Please take a moment to celebrate your own freedom, and give hope to those who are not free to be themselves. We can all share our own dreams of freedom.