December 1st is World AIDS Day!
December 1st was World AIDS Day. This year will be the 25th year that World AIDS day has been celebrated. The purpose of the celebration is to promote HIV awareness and “Act Aware.” Acting aware means finding out the facts about HIV and using that knowledge to protect yourself and others against an HIV infection. This year’s theme is “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation.”
There are 34 million people around the world that have HIV. From the years 1981-2007, more than 25 million people have died from the HIV virus. Many people do not know the important facts about how to protect themselves and others from HIV. There are also many stereotypes and discrimination for people living with HIV. World AIDS Day is important to remind the public and government that HIV exists and there is still a need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education.
You can find an interactive website that provides information that everyone should know about HIV at http://www.hivaware.org.uk/act-aware/support-campaign.php