It’s World AIDS Day, and millions of people are doing their part to raise awareness and funds for the fight against AIDS and HIV. This epidemic continues to ravage the world with an estimated 1.8 million deaths and 16.6 million orphaned children caused by the disease in 2009 alone. Currently, an estimated 33.3 million people are living with HIV or AIDS. Thanks to the efforts of activists, doctors, governments, and everyday citizens, these numbers have continually declined over the past decade. But there is still much we don’t know about AIDS and HIV. [AVERT]
After the jump, five interesting facts about the virus. Keep reading »
A lot of us love our dogs — ahem, Amelia — but not enough to marry them. Not the case for Aussie dude Joseph Guiso. Yesterday he married his best friend, Honey, a 5-year-old Labrador. He proposed to Honey when the pair were on a walk in the park and saw another couple getting married. He just couldn’t stand the idea of living with her out of wedlock anymore, so he popped the question. Honey said nothing, so he took that as a yes. Thirty of the couple’s closest friends and family gathered for the nuptials. “It’s not sexual. It’s just pure love,” Joseph told the guests. And then he kissed the bride. Honey had no comment. [The Chronicle] Keep reading »
Maybe your boss has asked you to fetch coffee or pick up her dry cleaning, but chances are you’ve never had to do some of the crazy things that Leon Reynop has had to do. Reynop is a personal assistant for a very demanding film and television director who one morning asked him to find 200 tennis balls so that he could teach his girlfriend how to play tennis. The problem? The director wanted Reynop to spend less than $10 on them–and he wanted them before noon on the same day. Says Reynop:
“I hopped the fence at a country club with a basket I picked up at the grocery store and picked up like 30 orphan balls, I got chased by the tennis coach. Then I called a buddy who was a member at a country club, who knew a crooked groundskeeper, who sells balls he steals from the country club. I drove like 30 minutes and did this sketchy tennis ball transaction in his alley like I was buying a pound of cocaine and I had to haggle him down.”
Just another day in the life of a personal assistant. Keep reading »
How would you feel about having your potty use at work monitored during your monthly menstrual cycle? In Norway, a workers union put together a shocking list of “tyrannical” bathroom monitoring practices, as Norwegian businesses seem to be overly concerned about losing productivity due to workers’ frequent trips to the restroom. One manager reportedly forced female employees to wear red bracelets while they had their periods to justify increased trips to the toilet. WHAT? WHAT? WHAT? Fortunately government officials were not cool with making women wear scarlet bracelets in the work place. “Women quite justifiably feel humiliated by being tagged in this way, so that all their colleagues are aware of this intimate detail of their private life. Toilet Codes relating to menstrual cycles are clear violations of privacy and is very insulting to the people concerned,” said Norway’s chief consumer ombudsman, Bjorn Erik Thon. Ya think? [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
Kate is just like you or me: She is 29, lives in Ohio with her husband, holds down a job, and is the mother of a 3-year-old son. But for the past few years Kate has been living with the knowledge she is HIV+.
Kate blogs about HIV+ life at A Girl Like Me, a group blog written by women who are living with HIV. The blog is a program by The Well Project, a non-profit started by a woman living with HIV/AIDS which focuses on the needs of women living with the virus.
On the occasion of World AIDS Day 2010, Kate has generously opened up to The Frisky about how she contracted HIV, what her day-to-day symptoms are like, and how others treat her when they learn she is positive. — Jessica Wakeman Keep reading »