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Friday, December 01, 2006

World Aids Day

I wanted to contribute my time and some calls to action for World Aids Day. Since 1988, the annual World Aids Day has brought a theme in what everyone can do in terms of raising awareness and moving towards solving and alleviating the HIV/AIDS crisis. For World Aids Days on December 1, 2006, I have updated my Sexual Consent Form adding the necessity for practicing ‘”safer consensual sex.” You can print one out from: http://www.avacadell.com/dr_ava_says/your_sex_life/yoursexlife_index.htm

Past themes for World Aids Day have been subjects such as Sharing the Challenge; Aids and the Family; and One World, One Hope. Everyone can do something positive and productive, like finding out about organizations which are helping people suffering with Aids: Here’s one I wrote about in my November newsletter: http://www.empowermentworks.org/

Become a pen pal to someone with Aids and learn about what they are going through, whether it’s in your city or in other parts of the world, such as Africa, where Aids has literally devastated the culture and economies of that continent.

Become a volunteer at an Aids hospice and lend an empathetic ear to someone who needs your help. There is nothing more precious than giving time and unconditional friendship. The Safe Haven Project, a non-profit service learning organization, confronts the global need for knowledge, truth and compassion for people living with, or affected by, HIV/AIDS by designing and delivering multi-faceted service forums and unique learning opportunities focused on prevention, awareness and community outreach. http://www.safehavenproject.org/

Hold an Aids Aid holiday party and ask guests to bring appropriate gifts or donations for Aids patients so that you can give to charities or support groups. Here’s a directory of them: http://www.cellscience.com/HIVCharities.html

This holiday season, open up your heart and give to someone less fortunate than yourself. It feels even better to give than to receive!


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