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Gone Too Soon

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In all the hype and media coverage surrounding his untimely death, let’s not forget Michael Jackson’s beautiful and extremely moving tribute song, ‘Gone too soon’ to Ryan White who died of AIDS. To hear the song and see the video click on AIDS – Michael Jackson on the blog roll.

Ryan White was an American teenager who became a poster child for HIV/AIDS in the USA after being expelled from school because of his infection. A lengthy battle with the school system ensued and the media coverage of the struggle made White into a national celebrity and spokesman for AIDS research and public education. It is inconceivable that many years on the same stigma still exists in British schools but unfortunately it does. If you don’t believe it follow this link – HIV Stigma in schools, on the blogroll and watch a video and read an article written for the Guardian.

Michael Jackson was an AIDS activist who donated his own money and made public appearances such as the one in Exeter Devon to raise money for HIV/AIDS.

Gone too soon – both of them, but sadly stigma lives on. Let’s fight it together.

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