World AIDS Day

1 Dec

Facing AIDS - World AIDS day 2008

“According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 33.2 million people living with HIV, including 2.5 million children. During 2007 some 2.5 million people became newly infected with the virus. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35.

“Around 95% of people with HIV/AIDS live in developing nations. But HIV today is a threat to men, women and children on all continents around the world.

“Started on 1st December 1988, World AIDS Day is about raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. World AIDS Day is important in reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done.” — avert.org

In, uh, “celebration” of the 20th World AIDS Day why don’t you do something? If you’re the praying sort, pray. Talk about it. Donate money to any one of the AIDS foundations out there. Use condoms today and everyday. Tell your friends to use condoms. Educate yourself. Educate others. Get tested. Get your friends tested. Attend a rally or a vigil. Make an effort to stop stigma. Blog about it. Test your knowledge. Just do something.

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2 Responses to “World AIDS Day”

  1. anOCgirl December 1, 2008 at 4:01 PM #

    great post. just wanted to add another resource besides aids.gov which you linked to. my fave site for info and one i refer all of my clients to for more information is http://www.thebody.com. it’s probably the most comprehensive resource out there (i feel) for info on preventing HIV and treating AIDS.

  2. sahar009 December 1, 2008 at 10:19 PM #

    It’s so important for everyone to be aware of AIDS, which is unfortunately still very much present. You can also direct your readers to http://saharsblog.wordpress.com/2008/12/01/worlds-aids-day-some-basic-information/ if they want more information, and to http://saharsblog.wordpress.com/2008/12/01/world-aids-day-more-for-those-who-want-to-read/ for those who are looking for a great book to read about HIV/AIDS. Keep blogging!

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