World AIDS day

Today is World AIDS Day.  I don’t really have anything to add to the raw horror of the simple estimates:  39.4 million people worldwide infected with HIV, of whom 25.4 million live in sub-Saharan Africa.  The vast majority of these do not have access to any treatment.

Two organizations that I give to address very different aspects of the AIDS epidemic.  amfAR, the American Foundation for AIDS Fesearch, supports research into both a vaccine and treatment, as well as into effective prevention efforts.  Food and Friends delivers groceries and prepared meals to people living with HIV/AIDS and other life-challenging illnesses in the Washington DC area. 

While I very much support efforts to bring treatment to Africa and Asia, I feel like any contribution that I could make is insignificant compared to the efforts of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  (This foundation almost makes me feel good about buying Microsoft products.)

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