I’m sure we’ve all heard of the saying “saving for a rainy day.” I try my best to put a little away every chance I get; you never know what opportunities or obstacles may be just around the corner. At this time in our history we have a really unique opportunity to begin to end the global AIDS epidemic, but some people don’t quite see it that way. Here in the U.S. and abroad, you might be surprised at what counts for a “rainy day.”
Between 2010 and 2012 it is estimated that $6 Billion dollars is expected to or has already been spent on sending a man to Mars, renovating airports, ethanol subsidies, and campaigning for the U.S. presidency. Let’s spend that money on something that has a bit more impact. $6 Billion dollars is also how much it would take to begin to end the global AIDS epidemic and save millions of lives around the world. Just like in our personal lives, what our countries spend their money on reflects what their values are and where their priorities fall. Ending AIDS is something that CAN be done, if we put our money where our heads and hearts should already be.