Thursday, January 13, 2011

HIV/AIDS

I'm reviewing a lesson at work...and just thought I'd share this bit of information I just learned. The lesson is a medical lesson on Death & Dying in Our Society, which I gather the society is FL.

Here's what I just read and didn't know, but now I do:
"Heart disease is the number one cause of death in Florida, claiming almost one of every three deaths. Cancer comes in a close second, claiming one in every four deaths. HIV/AIDS is the fourth leading cause of death in non-whites, and the second leading cause of death in all persons twenty-five to thirty-four years of age."

I never hear much about HIV/AIDS anymore...used to hear about it all the time in school's health classes. I really hate to say (and it sure is sad), but I had not one clue that it was the second leading cause of death in all persons 25 to 34 years of age. I thought since I didn't hear about it, that medications were working and keeping people alive longer, and that people were protecting themselves and taking the right precautions. Obviously my assumptions were wrong.

At least I did notice that celebrities still care and talk about HIV/AIDS. Thank you...but they shouldn't be the only ones. Let's all take the time to be educated on the subject: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/resources/factsheets/us.htm and http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/resources/factsheets/

2 comments:

CBW said...

More sad trivia...Did you know that suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the US? And the 3rd leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds?

Becky said...

That is quite sad. :(