Personally, I’ve had a long history of volunteerism and raising awareness on causes that are important to me nationally and globally. I find it very rewarding to be a part of a cause, whether it be volunteering, donating and/or raising awareness about the things that we believe in. As the founder of Age of Aquarius Artistry, I have decided to use what I love the most, my makeup artistry, to raise money and awareness for a different cause every three months. I would like to announce my first project! Beginning Monday, February 7, in honor of Black AIDS Awareness Day, Age of Aquarius Artistry will donate 30% of each service fee to the Black AIDS Institute for the next three months.
The Black AIDS Institute is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1999, focusing specifically on the prevention and awareness of HIV/AIDS in the African American community. With statistics showing that African Americans are being infected with HIV at alarmingly higher rates than any other race, something has to be done. Women are also disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS!
· In 2008, African Americans accounted for 52% of new HIV diagnoses and almost 50% of AIDS diagnoses
· Among women diagnosed in 2008, African American women were infected at a higher rate than other races at 77%. 74% infected were Hispanic/Latina and 65% were White
· More than ONE MILLION people in the
are living with HIV United States
· 1 in every 5 people, DO NOT know they are infected
· Every NINE AND A HALF MINUTES, someone in the
is infected with HIV United States
(All facts compiled from http://www.blackaids.org/, http://www.cdc.gov/ and http://www.nineandahalfminutes.org/)
Are these statistics alarming enough? It is time to stop ignoring the facts and talk about the realities of what HIV/AIDS is doing to communities and families. Instead of playing the blame game, it is time to open up the doors to healthy conversation about how to prevent HIV statistics from continuing to rise. I believe that the Black AIDS Institute is making some very significant strides in encouraging testing, prevention and education.
Age of Aquarius Artistry is committed to being a part of the solution! Please join me and support! If you would like to donate without booking a service through Age of Aquarius Artistry, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details!!
OAN: Please make sure that you are practicing safe sex through the use of condoms and dental dams. Get tested frequently so that you KNOW YOUR STATUS!!!