Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Faces of HIV

The Tweitmeyer family founded ProjectHOPEful to educate families and squash the many misconceptions about HIV and AIDS that scare people away from adopting infected children.

Did you know that 95% of major medical insurance companies cover the cost of the medications needed to treat the disease?
Did you know that it is so manageable, that medically speaking it is preferable to having diabetes?
Did you know that children with HIV can live a normal life span, work, get married, and have children, and that only a small percentage of children born to mothers with the disease will contract it?

A really good interview with Caroline.

Reese's Rainbow advocates for orphans with HIV as well as with Down Syndrome. These children are all in danger of being transfered to mental institutions soon. They will not be taught, they will not go outside, they will not receive the medicine they need to survive. They will die there, because of the stigma of their disease, unless someone rescues them.

"Baxter" shares a birthday with my niece Olivia.

This boy, called Peyton on RR, has already been transferred to a mental institution.
He is a month older than Ethan.

This little girl is the same age as Charlotte.

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