In Support of World AIDS Day: CAP Art Auction
Today is World AIDS Day. HIV/AIDS causes damage to the immune system, leaving the body susceptible to life-threatening infections and viruses.
The facts everyone should know:
- HIV can be transmitted through: blood, semen, vaginal secretions and breast milk.
- So you can contract HIV via sex (oral, vaginal, anal), sharing needles, and infant to mother transmission (in utero or breastfeeding).
- HIV is not transmitted though: hugs, handshakes, mosquitoes, donating blood or organs to someone who has HIV/AIDS, touching something someone with HIV/AIDS has touched, saliva, sweat.
- It is highly unlikely to contract HIV via blood/organ donation due to heavy screening.
- “Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 69% of all people living with HIV. Women account for 58% of people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. In 26 of 31 countries with generalized epidemics, less than 50% of young women have comprehensive and correct knowledge about HIV.” (UNAIDS)
- “Approximately 50,000 Americans becom[e] infected with HIV each year” (UNAIDS)
What needs to happen to end the global AIDS epidemic?
- Reduce sexual transmission (Get yourself tested regularly, and always practice safe sex!)
- Prevent HIV among drug users (Drug users are statistically more likely to have HIV/AIDS. Use a clean needle!)
- Eliminate new HIV infections among children (Educate women and mothers about sexual health. Heck, educate women period. Educated women are more likely to practice family planning and are more able to provide for themselves and their families)
- Make HIV/AIDS treatment available to everyone (An estimated 9 million people living with HIV need treatment)
- Eliminate death from TB (TB is leading cause of death of people with AIDS)
- Close the resource gap (Don’t just fund research and aid for certain groups. LGBT+ individuals are still the least likely to receive assistance and most likely to be victims of sexual violence)
- Eliminate gender inequalities (Ending rape would certainly end a lot of HIV transmission, wouldn’t it?)
- Eliminate stigma and discrimination (There is a lot of ignorance and miss-information out there. Lets get rid of punitive laws that prevent people living with HIV/AIDS from traveling, working, receiving needed health care. And lets stop violence against people living with HIV/AIDS)
- Strengthen HIV integration (You cannot research and treat malaria, TB, and other chronic diseases without also researching their impact on -and vice-versa- HIV)
Ok, that’s it for the lecture. Here is how art is being used to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic
“Cascade AIDS Project helps people put their lives back together; to secure housing, find essential medical care and deal with the countless issues that make the difference between giving up or getting up and going on. With HIV and AIDS, the huge emotional and financial burden to all affected by it can be staggering. Some people lose their jobs, their housing, their friends and family and any means of support. Imagine what it must be like for someone who suddenly finds they are without the essentials we so often take for granted. Shelter, life skills training, and emotional support; these are what CAP provides.”
The CAP Silent Art Auction raised over $570,000 last year
Some work donated last year: