Ben Finzel

What We're Missing on this World AIDS Day

Filed By Ben Finzel | December 01, 2009 10:02 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Living, Media

Today is World AIDS Day, but you might not realize that given the nearly constant coverage of Tiger Woods, the Salahi's and the latest news about Sarah Palin's book tour. Yes, there are stories to be told that affect literally millions of people, but we're missing much of that vital information because of the "mainstream" media's continued obsession with junk food news - it's got lots of calories and it fills us up, but it has no nutritional value and always leaves us wanting more.

On this global observance of one of the most important issues of our time what should we be talking about?

  • How about the epidemic-level status of HIV/AIDS in DC? The estimated 3% infection rate is higher than that of some African nations.
  • How about the fact that the International AIDS Conference will return to the U.S. for the first time in more than 20 years in 2012? And the reason for the conference's return to the U.S. is Obama administration's decision to finally revoke our country's anachronistic ban on entry to the U.S. for many HIV+ individuals.
  • How about the fact that politicians in Uganda (possibly supported by U.S. politicians and religious leaders) want to put some HIV+ people to death? How is this even being considered by anyone in the 21st Century?

On this World AIDS Day, and every day, that's what we're missing. And those are just some of the stories. There are so many other things going on in the world around us that we hardly talk about. There are so many lives that have been cut tragically short by this global epidemic. And there are so many stories that will never be told. That's more than a shame, it's a disgrace. More than two decades into this epidemic, silence still equals death.

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