|The Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt on display|
at the National Mall
When I was an undergraduate at Indiana University, I attended a viewing of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt held at the Indiana Memorial Union. The display then was just one small portion of the quilt, but I was shocked by how large it was and how personal each individual panel was. The love that went in to the tributes I saw made an indelible impression. For me, it's an experience I'll never forget, and I highly recommend that anyone that gets the opportunity to see the quilt takes it.
HIV remains a killer in this world. Despite the efforts of governments, scientists, and individuals around the world to end the pandemic of AIDS, statistics from 2009 tell us that 30 million have died. In 2011, 34 million people around the world had HIV. Areas of Sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the developing world have been especially hit hard by the HIV virus.
Strides are being made, and progress is, too. People are learning to live with HIV and medical science is preventing it from developing into full-blown AIDS. It's amazing to think back to where we were 30 years ago and where we are now when it comes to HIV. While we've come a long way, there's still a long way to go.