Today is World AIDS Day. I encourage you to learn more about this frightening disease — frightening for those who have it, and for those who don’t. Knowledge greatly reduces unwarranted fear!
The more I talk to people both here and stateside, the more I realize that we need to work harder to educate people about the realities of living with the HIV virus. If diagnosed at age 19, if treated, one can expect to live another four decades. An HIV+ spouse does not necessarily infect the other, and together they can have children who are not HIV+. If cleaning unidentified dried blood from a surface, the HIV virus is most likely non-existent…though the Hep C virus can survive up to 30 days in that blood sample!
And children may now be adopted and legally enter the U.S. even if HIV+ — an extra step is needed to secure the visa, but it’s a possibility and many children are now being adopted. After January 4, the waiver will no longer be needed and adoptions will proceed just like any other!
Among resources identifying these children for potential adoption is a new blog: For special delivery. Check it out!