The battle against HIV has waged on since the 1980’s. This virus evolves into AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) which has taken countless lives for over 30 years.
Yet the fight rages on in people who have been diagnosed with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). HIV is a type of “retrovirus” and the drugs used to treat it are called antiretrovirals (ARV).
The ARV drugs in combination with antiretroviral therapy (ART) is how the patient keeps HIV from becoming AIDS.
Unlike other viruses, the body can never fully get rid of HIV. This means that once you have it, you can’t get rid of it.
But the treatment above has been used since the mid-1990’s and has helped reduce the number of AIDS victims in the world.
Even with treatment people are still becoming infected with HIV on a regular basis, especially in the more impoverished places all over the world.
It was reported in 2016 that there were 36.7 million people living with HIV.
– 34.5 million adults
– 17.5 million women (15+ years)
– 2.1 million children (under the age of 15 years)
It was also documented that there were 1.8 million new infections of HIV in the year 2016 worldwide.
With HIV being a global epidemic organizations, scientists, activists, lobbyists, and even major brands have banned together to fight against HIV the leading cause of AIDS.
(RED) is here to fight!
(RED) is an organization that sells products and services from well-known brands to help raise funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS. To date (RED) has raised more than $500 million for The Global Fund to fight AIDS.
How does (RED) do it? They have cleverly partnered with some of the biggest brands to create products and experiences that work to end AIDS.
Partners that work with (RED)
– Bank of America
– Beats Audio
– Belvedere Vodka
– Starbucks coffee
Here is how (RED) works
When you buy a (RED) product, you are choosing to join the fight of all fights. With every purchase you make 100% of the money contributed by (RED) goes directly to The Global Fund to help support HIV/AIDS programs.
What this means is that you are helping to defeat AIDS as being the leading cause of death in women worldwide.
You are helping teenagers who are being infected with HIV every two minutes.
With 400 babies a day being born with HIV you are giving a child a fighting chance at having a life.
This is what (RED) is all about. Helping to save lives around the world by lending financial aid to people who have HIV/AIDS and getting them the treatment, they need.
Big thanks must be given to (RED). Their efforts and sacrifices have saved so many lives. Our hats off to you guys for all your efforts.
The Global Fund
The Global Fund is an organization that partners between governments, civil society, the private sector and people living with HIV.
The Global Fund invests nearly $4 billion a year to a variety of support programs run by local experts in more than 140 countries.
Their goal is to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria epidemics. They have saved 22 million lives.
The grants that (RED) supports for The Global Fund has impacted nearly 110 million people. These grants have helped with AIDS prevention, treatment, counseling, and HIV testing and care services.
The Global Fund is one of the best and kindest things that people have ever done for one another. It is a fantastic vehicle for scaling up the treatments and preventive tools we have today – to make sure they reach the people who need them.
– Bill Gates at the opening ceremony of the 16th International Aids Conference.
(RED) is a division of the ONE campaign.
ONE is an advocacy group with over nine million people worldwide taking extreme action against poverty and preventable disease.
This organization is at the forefront of the political world and is the voice for the people fighting against AIDS and other preventable/treatable diseases.
Their weapon of choice for this fight is education. ONE is a nonpartisan group that lobbies governments to shape policy solutions to save and improve millions of lives.
The 9 million members of the ONE team come from every walk of life. They’re artists, activists, faith and business leaders, students, and scientists.
(RED) joined the fight against AIDS in 2006 with their iconic brands and partnership with other businesses to contribute proceeds from (RED) branded goods and services to The Global Fund.
How We Can Help Change The World Of HIV/AIDS
While we do have more of a handle on how to prevent HIV from becoming AIDS, the world is still overly plagued with the HIV virus.
One of the first things that we can do to help remove this thorn out of our world’s side is to become educated on HIV.
Knowing how this virus is contracted is the first step in securing an HIV free future. HIV can only be contracted through certain bodily fluids.
- Pre-seminal fluids
- Rectal fluids
- Vaginal fluids
- Breast Milk
The transmission of the HIV virus can only be contracted if these fluids come into contact with the mucous membrane or damaged tissue or directly injecting the virus into the bloodstream.
Mucous membranes can be found inside the rectum, the vagina, the opening of the penis, and in the mouth.
We can take the fight into our own hands by following some basic guidelines in our own life.
- Practice Safe Sex: This means that you should always use a condom when having sex with new partners. Make sure that you are using the condom properly as specified by the CDC.
- Get tested for HIV and know your partner’s HIV status: You can find an HIV testing clinic near you here: https://gettested.cdc.gov/
- Limit your sexual partners: The more partners you have sexual relations with the higher your risk of contracting HIV is.
- Take your medications if you have HIV: The HIV medication is great for reducing the amount of HIV in your bloodstream. While this treatment helps improve the quality of life in HIV patients, it is NOT A CURE! Lowering the amount of the virus in the patient’s bloodstream can reduce the risk of transmission.
You can learn more about prevention and treatment below.
HIV Transmission: https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/transmission.html
HIV Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/prevention.html
Next… we can start to support organizations like (RED) to really help make a difference. Go check out products from (RED) and instead of making the same purchase at a store purchase through them.
(RED) products: https://www.red.org/products/
Your contribution to the (RED) organization will be invaluable to people all over the world.
We want to again extend our gratitude to (RED) and all the organizations mentioned above and people who work around the world to help save lives and fight against HIV.
Your efforts have and continue to change our world for the better!