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World AIDS Day

We’ve all seen the Red Ribbons on cars, backpacks, jackets, etc. But do you really know what the Red Ribbon is all about?

The Red Ribbon is to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in which a total of 33 million people living worldwide are infected, 1.1 million of which are living in the U.S.

December 1st is World AIDS Day and was established over 20 years ago to honor those that have passed from this destructive epidemic, as well as educate the uneducated on the disease and inform people how to stay safe from it.

HIV/Aids Facts:

  • Everyday, 7,397 people contract HIV–that’s 308 people every hour
  • In 2008, about 2 million people died from AIDS and another 2.7 were estimated to be infected
  • More than two-thirds (67%) of all people living with HIV, 22 million, live in sub-Saharan Africa–including 90% of the world’s HIV+ children

Some good news is that the UN released new research stating that the number of new AIDS cases has decreased world wide, most likely because of new HIV prevention programs and educational programs being established.

Another positive of World AIDS Day and other programs of the like are to create a realization of the AIDS epidemic in our society. Many people living with the disease may feel some kind of stigma being associated with something so destructive and for them, coming out and sharing their story to the world is a very hard thing to do.

With these programs in place, many are realizing that living with the disease is terrible, but living with it and being afraid to talk about it to their loved ones is even worse.

To learn more about World AIDS Day and the HIV/AIDS epidemic you can visit these sites:

World Aids Campaign

LightForRights.com

World Aids Day

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December 1, 2009 Posted by | events, Observances | , , , , , | 1 Comment