A little over two years ago, I mourned the loss of a sweet boy – only 2 and a half years old. Isaiah contracted HIV from his mother during birth, but that never had to happen.

Mother to child transmission of HIV is entirely preventable.

After Isaiah’s mom died of AIDS, he was passed from relative to relative until he came to live with us. He valiantly fought a case of meningitis, and was recovering slowly when his appetite completely failed. Even while taking the antiretroviral medication, his little body grew tired and weak. He died on August 1, 2009.

Isaiah wasn’t my first loved one to die of HIV/AIDS. There were several before him and since.
But, Isaiah’s sickness was not contracted through any choice or oversight of his own.
It was ENTIRELY PREVENTABLE.

 
Here are the facts:

An HIV+ woman can give birth to an HIV free baby.

98% of mother-to-child HIV transmission incidents are preventable.

Yet- more than 1,000 babies are born with HIV – EVERY DAY!

And half of children born with HIV will die before their second birthday without treatment.

 

We need to get 1.4 million HIV+ pregnant mothers on medication that costs only 40 cents per day.
It’s doable. The facts don’t lie – and there are people in this world audacious enough to believe we can see the end of AIDS in our lifetime.

Learn more from them here:
Red Campaign
One Campaign
Act V
Keep A Child Alive

The beginning of the end of AIDS can start with YOU.

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About Jennie Joy

I'm a lover and truth-seeker. This blog is a place for me to share my thoughts, struggles, and sincere searchings as I get to know God and welcome the reality of His kingdom in and through me.

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