The fight for AIDS is still a very large battle that affects people around the world. This infectious disease rips the lives away of many we love and it is a terrible way to leave this earth. Just because you might not personally know someone who has died or is living with this disease does not make it go away. HIV/AIDS is a REALITY.
Today marks World AIDS Day…it is a day to remember those we have lost and those living with this disease.
The World Health Organization established World AIDS Day back in 1988 – it is celebrated each year on December 1st.
Over one million Americans are living with HIV/AIDS and it is estimated that over 33 million are living with this disease worldwide.
There are over 80,000 people living with HIV/AIDS the United Kingdom (UK) – read some of their stories at: www.worldaidsday.org
“World AIDS Day provides governments, national AIDS programs, faith organizations, community organizations, and individuals with an opportunity to raise awareness and focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic.” — http://www.hhs.gov
There are many ways you can take action in response to HIV/AIDS:
- get tested for HIV
- practice safer methods to prevent HIV
- decide not to engage in high risk behaviors
- 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
- President’s World AIDS Day 2009 Proclamation
- Join us in Facing AIDS for World AIDS Day 2009
- Posters and Other Resources
Download and customize these posters to promote your World AIDS Day events!
Poster show and other World AIDS Day resources from PEPFAR
- Fact sheets
Download HIV/AIDS fact sheets, post them on bulletin boards, share with local newspapers, and distribute them at events!
- Read about the CDC’s HIV Incidence Data
AIDS.gov: provides US Government HIV/AIDS information.
PEPFAR.gov: the official website of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.
worldaidscampaign.org: brochures and information about events worldwide.
- Mobile Resources
To find an HIV Testing location near you in the United States, send a text message with your ZIP code to KNOWIT (566948) or visit www.hivtest.org.
Find local events and list your activities here.
Put on your Red Ribbon today and take action!
Written by: Tristan