Buy Red, Fight AIDS

Tomorrow, December 1, marks World AIDS Day, a time of remembrance and a call to action against HIV and AIDS. The support for those affected by HIV/AIDS is absolutely essential: according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 11,200 women were infected with HIV in 2009 alone.

Even if you don’t have tons of cash to donate to the fight, there are small ways you can incorporate HIV/AIDS awareness into your everyday life. Here are 5 products available now from companies that will donate at least a portion, if not all, of sales profits to making HIV and AIDS history!

Viva Glam lipstick ($14.50, maccosmetics.com)

Every single penny earned from the sale of this gorgeous gloss will be handed over to the MAC AIDS Fund, which provides lifesaving care for men, women, and children living with HIV or AIDS.

Anchored in Hope (PRODUCT) RED t-shirt ($24.95, gap.com)

Here’s another reason to treat yourself to a trendy new tee: 50% of the profits from each shirt sold will be donated to the Global Fund, a non-profit dedicated to fighting AIDS in Africa.

(Feed) Red Love 30 bag ($80, feedprojects.com)

We know you’re constantly lugging around your kids’ playthings on top of that over-sized beauty bag. So, why not invest in a sturdy yet stylish tote that will give women and children burdened with HIV/AIDS the treatment they need to stay alive? For each purchase of this special edition bag, FEED will give $12 to the Global Fund and $10 to the World Food Programme (WFP).

(STARBUCKS)RED card (price varies, starbucks.com)

This year, Starbucks and designer Jonathan Adler teamed up to create a limited-edition gift card that will benefit the Global Fund each time you buy that morning cup of Joe. To date, the company has already garnered enough cash to fund 18 million daily doses of medicine for Africans living with HIV/AIDS. This will last until December 31, 2011, so start swiping!

Bugaboo products (prices vary, bugaboo.com)

Tote your precious tot around in a stylish Bugaboo stroller. Not only will you be one haute mama, but you’ll also be quite the do-gooder: 1% of the company’s revenue will go to the Global Fund to care for HIV-positive women and children in Africa.

To learn more about HIV/AIDS, visit AIDS.gov

-Diana Denza

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