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June 30, 2008

Welcome to our travel blog! We are going on a 5-week service trip in sub-Saharan Africa through a program at Kellogg, which is funded by the Gates Foundation. To learn more about each of us and our HIV/AIDS service work, visit our profile page. As we travel, you can also read our journal postings, look at pictures,and track our progress on the map. The most devoted blog readers can signup to receive email updates when we make new postings! We’d love for youto follow along and share in this experience with us! We will spend two weeks in Namibia, two weeks in Botswana and one week in South Africa.

So, why is researching HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa important?

• Sub-Saharan Africa has just over 10% of the world's population, but is home to almost 64% of all HIV infections.

    o Namibia: 1 in 4 adults has HIV/AIDS

     o Botswana: 1 in 5 adults has HIV/AIDS

• Many people do not have access to accurate and timelytesting, treatment and overall health or HIV/AIDS education.

• Infants are a particularly vulnerable population. 50% of infants with HIV will die before their 18-month birthday, yet accuratetesting is often not available before this age.

    o Many infants are given antibody tests, which are appropriate for adults. When used on an infant, an antibody test gives false positives because the infant carries his/her mother’santibodies until 18 months old.

    o Some infants are given DNA-based tests, but it can take up to 6 weeks for results to be delivered. During these 6 weeks, much can go wrong – lost rests, lost results, or mothers not returning to learn the results of the test (because travel to a clinic is costly and takes a long time).





John Hinshaw:
June 30, 2008
Hey you two, nice to hear from you.
I'm always amazed at your travels and experiences. This one is another example of the warm-giving hearts you have. Our family, the Gates F., and the WORLD! are so lucky to have you two in our lives.
Travel safe, happy trails,
Hope to see you when you get back

Kathy Linville:
June 30, 2008
Very cool, guys. You're so awesome--of course I want the updates! I love you. Take care.

June 30, 2008
Travel safe you two. I will be thinking of you often and have a wonderful trip.

Aunt Lisa
Megan Baltruzak:
June 30, 2008
This is awesome! I am so excited for you and I can't wait to read your updates. Be safe and happy travels!!
Jon F:
June 30, 2008
love the blog. Can't wait to see the pictures and hear about your trip. Be safe and have a blast!
July 1, 2008
Can't wait for updates!!! Travel safely!
Mike Linville:
July 2, 2008
Jordy & Erin, thanks for the information about your trip. You are both special young adults doing amazing things with your lives!! Be safe and enjoy the experiences.

Love, Uncle Mike
Bill & Vonda Linville:
July 2, 2008
Jord & Erin - Hope you arrived safely. You are two amazing young people and we are so proud of you. Take care and enjoy this fantastic experience. God bless. Love, G and G
Tracie Hester:
July 2, 2008
Hey Trav!! Can't wait to see your pictures and read about your trip!! Be careful and have a great time!! Love-Tracie and Jerry :-)
July 2, 2008
Go Linvilles! You will certainly bring home some memories from this trip. Have fun!!
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