It's been 365 days since Jolie's announcement. You may have read her op-ed. You likely heard about it on the news or read about it online. Use the anniversary of the "Angelina Effect" to truly affect change for someone incredibly important: you. You owe it to yourself and those you love to invest in your own bright future.
What has been achieved in a relatively short period of time is remarkable and a testament to what the international community can accomplish if it works together with countries hardest hit by the epidemic. Now we can all look forward to the first time the world gives birth to an AIDS-free generation.
When it comes to health care and decisions that affect the well-being of millions of Americans, immediacy shouldn't guide reforms or drive policy changes. It's prudent to assess research-grabbing headlines by taking a deep breath, maintaining a sense of perspective and not jumping to hasty conclusions.