Tomorrow December 1st is World Aids Day and this year ,2011 marks the 30th anniversary of the first formal report of the disease that came to be known as AIDS. The disease baffled doctors and public health officials when it first appeared; described in some places as a “gay cancer,” the HIV virus took three years to be identified and much longer than that for doctors to develop drugs that would effectively tamp down symptoms without debilitating patients.We all know some1 living with or died of Aids,so please take time to watch the video and educate yourselves and those around you.The disease has so far claimed an estimated 25 million lives worldwide.
Suzanne Africa Engo
“I Love Africa,” a feature-length documentary following HIV/AIDS activist Suzanne Africa Engo, will premiere December 1st, in honor of World AIDS Day,on MTV Act.Below is a preview of the documentary and please make a date to watch so that you may be inspired to do someting towards this movement and push forward to finding a cure and/or stop new infections.
“I Love Africa,” a feature-length documentary following HIV/AIDS activist Suzanne Africa Engo, will premiere December 1, in honor of World AIDS Day,on MTV Act.
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“I Love Africa” gives young people an in-depth look at how one individual can make a difference in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The film follows Engo as she struggles to lose 110 pounds by running to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS. The activist set a challenge that she would lose the weight and run from the United Nations in New York to Oprah Winfrey Studios in Chicago. After the mission was completed, she continued a run through three different continents, promoting awareness of AIDS charities and initiatives such as Bono and Bobby Shriver’s (Product) RED and Russell Simmons’ DEF FUND.
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MTV, along with the Kaiser Family Foundation, has ranked Engo one of the Top 40 Youth AIDS activists in the world. Engo is the founder of the NY AIDS Film Festival and co-founder of African Action on AIDS.