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Is HIV/AIDS prevention worth fighting for?

I’ve never like to argue. But I had a disturbing conversation recently with a student that got under my skin.

This college senior was adamant in his belief that African-Americans are not disproportionately infected with the HIV virus.

He suggested the white community often wealthier is able to hide its rate of infection. They have health insurance, he said. They are conspiring with their private physicians to keep their rate of HIV infection out of the public eye so African-Americans will look bad.
Was he serious?
I was dumbfounded by this uninformed conspiracy theory. He said the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the African-American community was overblown. A myth, he said.

The numbers don’t lie, I argued. One new HIV infection is too many. We should fight together to stop the virus worldwide until it is eradicated.
People are dying, I argued. Have you seen anyone dying of AIDS? The disease takes you out, organ by organ. If you’d witnessed this as I have you’ll be on the front lines too.

As we mark another anniversary to make our women and girls aware of the risks they face: we can no longer wallow in this kind of ignorance. If you doubt the facts, visit an AIDS ward, get involved and check the statistics.

The virus won’t stop spreading until we do something together. Let’s base our opinions about HIV/AIDS upon facts.
Tina A. Brown is the author of Crooked Road Straight: The Awakening of AIDS Activist Linda Jordan. Buy your copy in stores today.

Get off the fence: Black women are dying

I wrote “Crooked Road Straight: The Awakening of AIDS Activist Linda Jordan” because Black women in the U.S. are dying. Now, I’m looking for good men and women to ask their friends, bookclubs, schools, librarians, church leaders, youth groups, bookstores and community groups who work with this nation’s most vulnerable populations to buy it and share it. Get on the bandwagon. This is not an issue that we can ignore. Linda Jordan had a simple message: Together we can stop the spread of HIV/AIDS, all of us, whether we are rich or poor, negative or positive. It’s time to get off the fence and to take a stand for those who can’t or won’t speak up for themselves for as long as it takes. Linda and I started on this journey more than 12 years ago. She passed away. I need your help to continue the legacy of one of the first black women in the U.S. to put her family’s faces on HIV/AIDS prevention posters. Stand in the gap with me. Order this book at local and online bookstores. If you can’t afford it, go to your local libraries and ask them to order it. Then, all I ask is that you share Linda Jordan’s story with someone else. Talk about it in your circles. Together, we can stop the spread of HIV/AIDS here and abroad. For information about inviting the author to speak to your group: write or send me a tweet at A1TinaABrown.  Remember to pass the word on Facebook, Twitter and your favorite social media sites.