Today my Saturday Snapshot is a multi-tasker. Saturday Snapshot is a great meme hosted by Alyce of At Home With Books and I usually post stuff I see around Tortola, the island where I live, and it's all lighthearted fun. Today, though, I'm participating in the Rock the Red Pump Awareness Project as part of activities for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, today 10th March. So my photo is of me, or rather of my foot in a red pump. (Umm, teeny, tiny, microscopic, really-hardly-worth-mentioning confession below.)
1.) HIV/AIDS is a leading cause of death among 25 - 44 year-olds in the Caribbean.
2.) Women aged 15 and older now comprise an increasing share of those with the disease.
3.) In some countries of the Caribbean, HIV/AIDS prevalence rates among young women between 15 and 24 are two to three times higher than among young men of the same age.
4.) Early sexual initiation and taboos surrounding sex and sexuality are some of the factors influencing the epidemic in the region.
5.) Surveys in the Caribbean have detected high HIV/AIDS rates among sex workers.
6.) A 2006 study in Trinidad and Tobago found that 20.4% of men who have sex with men surveyed were infected with HIV. In Jamaica, another study found HIV prevalence of 31%. Sex between men also seems to be driving an increase in HIV prevalence in Cuba.
(Sources - here and here.)
To participate in the Saturday Snapshot meme post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky below. Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see.
And now for the teeny, tiny confession (I've put it off as long as possible) - I'm basically a sneakers and sandals kind of person and most of them are either black or brown, boring I know. But I feel like the Leaning Tower of Pisa in anything over two inches. I went to a nearby shop, tried this on and snapped the pix. They're Chinese Laundry for you fashionistas out there.)