Health & Wellness Observations:
● Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
● National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month
● World Hepatitis Day (July 28)
● National Wheelchair Beautification Month
Dearest Divas and the People who love us,
We have made it past the six-month mark of 2020 and if you’re reading this, what a blessing that is. In the midst of a global Coronavirus pandemic and the need to make masks part of our lives, BLM movement with Black people and ally’s around the world fighting even harder for the social justice and police reform we so deserve, the need to vote and be counted is being emphasized daily, while persons are doing their best not to lose their homes, health, and their well being. These are turbulent times.
Despite it all, it is always the right time to promote health and wellness. For the month of July, The DIVA Foundation is reminding you why HIV/AIDS awareness still matters.
According to hivstillmatters.org, HIV and AIDS remain a major global health issue facing millions of people. An estimated 40 million people around the world are currently living with HIV and since the start of the epidemic in the early 1980s an estimated 75 million people have become infected with HIV, and over 35 million people have died. And still many don’t know their status because they haven’t been tested.
In resource-poor settings like the American South where access to testing, treatment, and prevention tools is not readily available, the threat remains high.
Knowing these realities, it is important for us as a foundation to continue our commitment to spread awareness. Join us by starting a conversation, sharing information with your close friends, neighbors, coworkers, family and even strangers. Share the correct statistics and facts, your experience (if you are living with HIV, or have encountered someone living with HIV).