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Important Topics to Come

This post was written in English (en_US)

As I get comfortable with writing more, I'd like to write about some topics that are not so much in the public eye or ones that "We should really try to make it better." These are topics I've been very passionate about.

These two topics are HIV and Public Transportation. I've been wanting to write more about these two for a long time.

Many of us are aware of HIV and the epidemic during 1980s and 1990s. The topic of HIV can be sensitive topic for many for various reasons. HIV is still here with us. Science has found ways to curtail HIV infections and keep people alive but it's not elimated. I feel it's important to talk about still.

Many of us didn't grow up with public transportion. The United States is a car centric country to get around from one place to another. The only way to suceed in United States is to depend on having a car for opportunities. It shouldn't be that way.

For HIV I'd like to cover:

  • AIDS Epidemic
  • Resources for People with HIV
  • How I got educated on HIV
  • Volunteering/Helping those with HIV

For Public Transportation I'd like to cover:

  • Access in Rural Areas
  • Comparisons between the United States and the World
  • How Disentregation and Destruction of Public Transporation isolated the United States

Remembering Ryan White

This post was written in English (en_US)

Ryan White in School ryan white portrait

Today, 30 years ago on April 8th, 1990 Ryan White passed away. Today, he would have been 48 years old. I have always been an advocate for people with HIV/AIDS. I learned about Ryan when I was in high school. Ryan White contracted HIV through contaminated blood transfusions for hemophilia. He was the poster child during a time that many people didn't know what HIV/AIDS was as a disease. He spoke out against all adversaries. Ryan was forced out of school many times. He did "The Fight to Go to School." So much ignorance occurred such as thinking it could be passed through casual contact. Ryan became a national spokesman. Many famous people such as Michael Jackson, befriended Ryan in a time that nobody wanted to be near him. Having people of high status led the way in showing that this disease is not transmitted just by shaking someone's hand, giving somebody a kiss or giving somebody a kiss. Ryan didn't stay quiet about his disease, he helped inform all of us that this disease can affect anyone, not just certain groups of people. This disease doesn't discriminate your gender, race, sexual orientation, etc. We all need to bond together to find a cure and stop the hatred. The Ryan White Act was created in 1990 to help people who have been diagnosed with this disease. Today the battle continues against HIV. We must remember those who fought to help educate us. RIP Ryan White