Thursday, April 20, 2006
Morning Edition - 4/20/06
Until A Cure Is Found
Since 1981, 25 million people have died of AIDS. If you thought this devastating disease was a gay disease, statistics show 46% of all AIDS or HIV infected individuals are women. To make matters worse, young people 15-24 years old account for more than half of all new HIV infections, with 6,000 new infections occurring daily. In 2005, 4.2 million new cases of HIV were reported – this doesn’t include the millions of folks who refuse to be tested for the virus. On May 21, I will be participating in the NY AIDS Walk. The walk benefits people diagnosed with the disease that need life-saving resources and medications. Although there are some very promising life-prolonging medications, these don’t always work for everyone and are certainly not available to everyone. I’ve chosen to take a positive step to make a difference and I ask that you support me in battling this disease. You can sponsor me for this momentous walk by visiting my donations headquarters at http://aidswalknewyork2006.kintera.org/hectorwalks
For those of you who have already posted your support, thank you.
The Apple iPod is almost as popular as a cell phone. In the first quarter of 2006, Apple reported shipping 8,526,000 iPod devices. That’s 61% more iPods than the same period in 2005. Thanks in part to the iPod, Steve Jobs, the head of Apple, says the company generated over $10 billion in revenue in the first half of fiscal 2006. Just twenty years ago the boom-box and cassette player were the hot items in music and the thought of carrying thousands of songs – all comprised of your favorites – was a futuristic dream. Now a reality, it’s remarkable that only 20% of Americans presently own an iPod.
Statistics can sometimes paint a grim picture of reality. Such is the case of the rate of teen sex in America. The good news is that national statistics say most teens are virgins until the age of 17. Outside of this, the numbers take a moral nose-dive. Over one million women under the age of 20 become pregnant each year. Even scarier, a quarter of all 15-year old females and 30% of males have had sex. Sadly, 7 in 10 of the women who had sex before the age of 14 said they had sex involuntarily. If you don’t have children and think these stats have nothing to do with you, it is estimated that teen pregnancy costs tax payers over $7 billion annually.
At what age did you lose your virginity? Was the experience voluntary? Is the memory of your “first time” a positive one or (in retrospect) would you have waited to lose your virginity later in life? What was most memorable about getting some?
Keep passin’ the open windows…