Today, December 1st, is World AIDS Day. AIDS has personally impacted our family because some of my children were orphaned due to AIDS. HIV (which is not the same as AIDS) affects our family every day because some of our children live with HIV – and live well, I might add. With proper medical care and truly life-saving medications. we expect our children with HIV to have long and healthy lives.
One of my friends, Jodie Howerton, is responsible for a huge project creating current HIV educational videos for school children. You can read about her project on the Redefine+ website. You can also view the first video (9 minutes) in the series, which will give you a quick opportunity to update your knowledge about HIV.
You can also read a great post by my friend, Erin Henderson, who personally walked me through the process of adopting a child with HIV back in the early days when it was all new.
A number of years ago I worked with some other moms of HIV+ children through a small non-profit. From HIV to Home no longer exists, but I have an HIV fact page with information that was developed for our (now closed) website and provides great information on the facts of HIV.
I probably shouldn’t leave my most important thought to the end, but that’s how this is wrapping up. I want you to know that, in my opinion, stigma is the most serious complication faced by many people living with HIV. Stigma hurts and divides people, it causes them to live in secrecy which results in shame. As the mom of HIV+ children, this breaks my heart. Please educate yourself and your children out of love for others.
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:35
Far less weighty, but still important to mention, today is the last day to enter my giveaway for a beautiful outdoor nativity set. I will draw the winner tonight at 9:00 PST. I can’t wait to see which one of you will win!
Have a great Monday, friends.
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