Real Giving: Here's How You Could Help Young People With HIV This Xmas
AIDS is the second biggest killer of young people... in the WORLD.
We're all about giving at Xmas, but why does giving always have to come with tags and bags? This season, why not learn about some of the ways you could spend your money in a way that could REALLY make a difference to someone out there who needs it most?
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In other words, let's talk real giving – it’s gonna give you all the feels.
Want to know something scary? AIDS is the biggest killer of women aged 15-44 IN THE WORLD. It’s also the second biggest killer of young people globally.
We might think, because the UK has a relatively low infection rate, that HIV doesn’t apply to us. That we can forget about it because we don’t feel directly in danger. But just because you can’t necessarily see it happening in front of you, young people dying from AIDS-related illnesses is an all-too-real scenario. Especially in countries where sexual health information and access to effective treatment is scarce.
It’s young people that are in most danger, which is why, all over the world, they’re coming up with ideas about how to tackle the spread of HIV themselves.
ENTER: the MTV Staying Alive Foundation. It gives grants and supports those young people who have started up their own HIV-prevention projects in their communities.
The grantees make sure that their projects promote safe sex and raise awareness about the spread of HIV, as well as keep things fun so that young people will pay attention. MTV Staying Alive has had grantees raise awareness through shadow puppet theatre. They’ve had grantees spreading sexual health info via CIRCUS performances. They’ve had grantees design condom wrappers that can link up to Spotify and play sexy songs. The sky’s the limit! (Click here to read more about some of our young grantees' projects).
With all the amazing treatments that have been developed over the years, and the progress that has been made, we shouldn’t still have this many people dying of AIDS-related illnesses.
Nobody gets to choose where they're born. It’s purely by chance that we're in the UK, and that, where infection rates are concerned, we’re some of the lucky ones. So this Christmas, why not give out to someone like you who hasn’t been so lucky? We all have the power to make a difference!
Fundraise for Staying Alive by throwing an open mic night, asking for £5 or £10 from each of your friends in return for cooking a delicious dinner party meal, or simply raise money on your next big run. You're guaranteed to get that warm, toasty feeling of real giving in your toes.
Click here for more info about MTV Staying Alive's fundraising events (including the Singapore marathon), here to donate, and to find out more about HIV and AIDS around the world, check out all the stats at avert.org.
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