Today is World AIDS Day

1 12 2009

World AIDS Day began on Dec. 1, 1988, according to avert.org. It’s about raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. World AIDS Day is important in reminding us that HIV hasn’t gone away, and there are many things still to be done.  This year’s theme is ‘Universal Access and Human’s Rights.’

According to UN AIDS estimates, 33.4 million people currently live with HIV, including 2.1 million children. In 2008, around 2.7 million people became newly infected with the virus and an estimated 2 million people died from AIDS. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25-years-old and are killed by AIDS before they are 35-years-old.

This year, global leaders have pledged to work towards universal access to HIV and AIDS treatment, prevention and care, recognizing these fundamental human rights because the protection of these rights is essential in combating the global HIV and AIDS epidemic.

World AIDS Day gives everyone the opportunity to take action and ensure that human rights are protected and global targets for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care are met.

Here are some ways to take action (from hhs.gov):

  • Get tested
  • Choose not to engage in high-risk behavior
  • Practice safer methods to prevent HIV
  • Talk about HIV prevention with family, friends and colleagues
  • Provide support to people living with HIV/AIDS
  • Get involved with or host an event for World AIDS Day in your community

You can find out more info on avert.org

Photo from rti.org

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