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HIV

I work with people who have HIV as a part of my job. If you have HIV please remember:

HIV can be controlled by medications for a super long time (think 30 years+). It is more like getting a diabetes diagnosis than a death sentence.

No matter how your infection happened you deserve to live and have a happy life.

By federal law in the United States there is tons of resources to help you get medication for FREE.

You can find partners who will accept you and love you.

You can have children who are born HIV-. If a child is born in a first world county with medical care the likelyhood of transmission is rediculously low.

On medication your likelyhood of infecting others decreases significantly depending on your viral load.

PEP and PrEP are exciting things to look into to be able to have unprotected sex and prevent transmission.

HIV does not have to be central to your identity.

People who take their medication like prescribed can actually have as few as 2 doctor appointments a year for their condition !

Don’t let stigma, fear and lack of education get you down! You are a wonderful person and can achieve wonderful things. Don’t give up.

And if you don’t know your status please get tested. Please!

Reasons why 2016 was an amazing year :)

1.The World Health Organisation released a report showing that, since the year 2000, global malaria deaths have declined by 60%
2.some of the world’s biggest diseases, like colon cancer, dementia and heart disease, started declining in wealthy countries
3.Malawi achieved a 67% reduction in the number of children acquiring HIV
4.Child mortality rates came down by 12% in Russia
5.Harvard scientists created a new platform for antibiotic discovery that may help solve the crisis of antibiotic resistance
6.Liberia was officially cleared of Ebola, meaning there are now no known cases of the deadly tropical virus left in West Africa
7.93% of kids around the world learned to read and write this year
8.In 2016, for the first time ever, the amount of money it would take to end poverty dropped below the amount of money spent on foreign aid
9.World hunger reached its lowest point in 25 years
10.In 1990, more than 60% of people in East Asia lived in extreme poverty. As of 2016, that proportion has dropped to 3.5%
11.Taiwan is on the verge of becoming the first Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage
12.Gambia and Tanzania banned child marriage
13.Global carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels did not grow at all in 2016
14.In July, the USA, Mexico and Canada committed to getting 50 per cent of their electricity from renewables by 2025
15.Norway became the first country in the world to commit to zero deforestation
16.In June, a new survey showed that the ozone hole has shrunk by more than 3.9 million square kilometres since 2006. Scientists now think it will now be fully healed by 2050
17.In July, more than 800,000 volunteers in India planted 50 million trees in one day. The country is planning on reforesting 12% of its land
18.Wild wolves started coming back to Europe, and for the first time since the American Revolution, wild salmon began spawning in the Connecticut River
19.Sea World agreed to stop breeding captive killer whales
20.Humpback whales were removed from the endangered species list, having fully recovered in the last 46 years
21.And in 2016, for the first time, we heard that the number of tigers in the wild rose for the first time in 100 years
22.At the beginning of the year, we heard that global spending on aid and development increased by 7%, and spending on refugees has doubled
23.In 2016, charitable giving in China rose to $15 billion
24.Online crowdfunding raised almost $1 million for the kids of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile to go to college
25.Gene responsible for ALS was found
26.There’s an Ebola vaccine
27.The Rabbinical assembly issued a resolution affirming the rights of trans and non conforming individuals

In case you thought only the CDC’s practices were questionable/criminal…

NIH Tested AIDS Drugs on Foster Children

Earlier this May, the Associated Press reported that National Institutes of Health researchers tested AIDS drugs on hundreds of foster children in the late 1980s and ‘90s. In many instances, the drugs were given without independent advocates who monitor the safety of these children. Ed Gordon explores the controversy with two AIDS experts: Dr. Jonathan Fishbein of the National Institutes of Health and Baylor College of Medicine’s Dr. Mark Kline.

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JULY 27 - CLARA HALE

Clara Hale, affectionately known as “Mother Hale”, provided care for approximately 1,000 children throughout her lifetime, including children born addicted to drugs, children born with HIV and children whose parents had died of AIDS.

Hale first began taking community children into her home in the 1940s, a few years after she tragically lost her husband to cancer. Her previous cleaning jobs had her working day and night, leaving her little time to spend at home with her three children. Through offering short-term and long-term child care for local parents, she was able to financially support her family and still remain a strong presence in their lives.

Eventually, Hale became a licensed foster parent. She took in seven to eight individuals at a time, caring for 40 different foster children by 1968. Throughout this time, she would also work to find permanent homes for homeless children and teach essential parenting skills to members of her community.

Hale planned to retire in 1969, until a woman pleading for assistance - clearly under the influence of drugs - appeared on her doorstep with a two month-old child. This incident marked the birth of the historic Hale House, where Mother Hale would continue to provide a nurturing home for needy children, chemically-dependent babies and those affected by HIV/AIDS until her death in 1992.

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Prince Harry dancing & having fun..

(such a genuine person)

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Prince Harry visits Lesotho where he helped to set up the charity Sentebale ‘Touching Tiny Lives’ which provides healthcare and education to vulnerable children in Mokhotlong, Lesotho, southern Africa. The particular theme of his visit was to check on the progress of the Mamohato children’s centre which will provide vital support to children affected by HIV

Harry photographed parts of his visit himself: ‘I have always enjoyed photography and the challenges that come with trying to capture the perfect shot, although privately I don’t take many photos. The best photos I have are in my head, I have some very special memories, mostly from Africa. But on this visit, I had the time and opportunity to be on the other side of the camera and take some photos in the stunning country of Lesotho for my charity Sentebale’

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The Mamohato Children’s Centre in Lesotho which will provide emotional and psychological support to children currently affected by HIV/AIDS. It will also act as a flagship for all of Sentebale’s work with vulnerable children in Lesotho, including orphans, children living with HIV, those with disabilities, and herd boys who tend livestock in the remote highlands.

Charlize Theron is taking action at the UN General Assembly Event to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. 

Elijah from Kenya speaks at the same event about children living with HIV/AIDS, supported by Victoria Beckham.

Find out more at http://www.unaids.org/

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a film coming up Spring ‘15 on the first generation of children that were born with HIV in the 80’s and 90’s. such important work!

Prince Harry's charity Sentebale to host a gig at Kensington Palace – and Coldplay are headlining

Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale will host a music concert next month and some very special acts have been confirmed to perform. Coldplay will headline, while other acts include British singer Laura Mvula, the African-Norwegian singing duo Nico and Vinz, and George the Poet.

The concert will be held in the public gardens of Kensington Palace on Tuesday 28 June. Tickets, which start from £79, will go on sale at 9am on Friday 27 May.

All proceeds will go to Prince Harry’s charity, which helps children and teenagers living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Coldplay will headline the Sentebale charity concert

The money raised will specifically go towards Sentebale’s monthly Saturday clubs, caregiver days and residential week-long camps at the newly opened Mamohato Children’s Centre in Lesotho.

Harry set up the charity in 2006 with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho while on his gap year. The two royals launched Sentebale, which means “forget me not” in the local language Sesotho, in memory of their late mothers.

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Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso set up the charity in memory of their late mothers

Last year Harry, 31, ventured to Lesotho to officially open the new Mamohato Children’s Centre.

The purpose-built facility supports the charity’s work with vulnerable children, and specifically hosts camps delivering psychosocial support to 1,500 HIV-positive young people each year.

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The Prince opened the new children’s centre in Lesotho last year

Harry named one of the rooms in the facility after his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, and another after his late nanny Olga Powell, who cared for him and his brother Prince William for 15 years.

Harry also regularly takes part in the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, an annual tournament that raises money for his charity. Since its launch six years ago, the event has raised more than £3.5 million.