|Call To Action|
Perceptions for People with Disabilities (PPD) is a non-profit community based organization that would like to take on the mission of collecting data on people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA's) and the Differently-abled (visually impaired/blind, hard of hearing/deaf, physically and/or mentally challenged).
Perceptions for People with Disabilities have been trying to obtain data on this underserved, marginalized, and emerging population of survivors. At the present time, much needed epidemiological data is critical for this emerging population, and there is little available at the national, state and/or local levels.
Science has achieved, with the advent of HAART (Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy) in late 1996, its goal of lowing morbidity, and prolonging the lives of PLWHA's. Moreover, now that living with HIV/AIDS will not drastically truncate ones life expectancy, do we know the ramifications of the virus, the prolonged use of HAART medications and natural geriatrics, when a person becomes differently-abled.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the cumulative estimated number of cases of AIDS through 2006 in the United States and dependent areas was 1,014,797. Of these, 982,498 were in the 50 states and the District of Columbia and 31,217 were in the dependent areas. In the 50 states and the District of Columbia, adult and adolescent AIDS cases totaled 973,352 with 783,786 cases in males and 189,566 cases in females, and 9,144 cases estimated in children under age 13 years.
CALL TO ACTION !!!!Perceptions for People with Disabilities needs, your help if there are:
Any Scientist, Researchers, Analyst and any qualified Clinicians, Doctors (MD's), PhD's, Interns, Politicians, Faith based leaders, Community Stakeholders, the Differently-abled, People living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA's) and any other concerned Individuals who believe in this research endeavor.
PLEASE join us and help with the collection of this most needed data, surveillances, and epidemiology information.
YOU MAY ALSO MAKE A DONATION TO FURTHER THIS RESEARCH.