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Support the World AIDS Day Campaign on Dec. 1st – World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day 2011 Poster

World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1st and is an opportunity for everyone worldwide to unite in the fight against AIDS and show their support for people living with AIDS. The World Health Organization established World AIDS Day in 1988. The World AIDS Campaign is the leading international organization that plans events worldwide in honor of the observance. The organization’s goal is to ensure that governments and policy makers meet the HIV targets that they set, the commitments they made and mobilize the necessary resources for a world where people do not die of AIDS.

This year the World AIDS campaign’s theme is “Getting to Zero”, referring to reaching Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS Related Deaths. For more information on the World AIDS campaign, visit its website, http://www.worldaidscampaign.org. In addition, on Nov. 8th, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke at the National Institutes of Health on her goal for an “AIDS Free Generation”. Visit PEPFAR to read Secretary of State Clinton’s speech and learn more about her vision for eliminating AIDS.

Nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the U.S. and globally an estimated 33.3 million people have HIV. According to recent data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 31 percent of people living with HIV in the U.S. are over the age of 50. Furthermore, research indicates that by 2015 half of the people living with HIV in the U.S. will be over 50 years old. Older adults also accounted for 17 percent of new HIV diagnoses in 40 states with long-term confidential name-based reporting.

Action Ideas for World AIDS Day

Take action on World AIDS Day! If you’re not sure what you can do on World AIDS Day to show support for people with HIV and promote public awareness of HIV/AIDS, the following are a few action ideas:

HIV/AIDS has a devastating impact on communities worldwide. Be sure to take action on World AIDS Day and throughout the year to promote awareness of HIV/AIDS.

Resources

Older Adults and HIV/AIDS
World AIDS Day Campaign
World AIDS Day Information on http://www.AIDS.gov
UNAIDS