To absent friends…

world_logo1Today is World AIDS Day. Each year, I spend part of the day remembering people I have known who left this world too soon because of that disease.

So: Frank, Mike, Tim, David, Todd, Chet, Jim, Steve, Brian, Rick, Stacy, Phil, Mark, Michael, Jerry, Walt, Charles, Thomas, Mike, Richard, Bob, Mikey, James, Lisa, Todd, Kerry, Glen, and Jack. Some of you I didn’t know for very long. One of you was a relative. One of you was one of my best friends in high school.

I miss you all. It was a privilege to know you.

Bruce Ward has written about one aspect of this long struggle: Longterm Survivors: A World AIDS Day Remembrance.

Mitchell Warren explains why We Can’t Wait Five Years to See if the AIDS Response Is on Track.

Finally, if you think this is something that only affects a limited number of people, maybe even people who have brought it on themselves: AIDS-related illnesses are the second leading cause of death among adolescents aged 10–19 years globally, and the leading cause of death among adolescents in Africa.

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