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WORLD AIDS DAY 2005
WORLD AIDS DAY 2005
40 millon people have AIDS/HIV,
please don't make it 40 million + 1 !
World AIDS Day takes place each year on December 1. An international day of action on HIV and AIDS, the main drive of the day is to raise awareness of AIDS in society, both locally and globally. This year is the eighteenth anniversary of the very first World AIDS Day. The first international health day was initiated following a unique summit of health ministers who met in London in January 1988. They realised that a united global effort was required to halt the spread of HIV and AIDS. The first theme was 'Join the Worldwide Effort'.
World AIDS Day is about giving people the facts on HIV and AIDS and encouraging people to become involved. On this page you'll find links to some key information and organisations along with details of how you can play your part.
HIV And AIDS: Facts & Figures
HIV is one of the biggest social, economic and health challenges in the world. It is a global emergency claiming over 8,000 lives every day. In fact 5 people die of AIDS every minute.
HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. This is the virus known to cause AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). If someone is HIV-positive, it means they have been infected with the virus.
A person infected with HIV does not have AIDS until the virus seriously damages their immune system, making them vulnerable to a range of infections, some of which can lead to death.
HIV is transmitted through body fluids in particular blood, semen, vaginal secretions and breast milk, in fact there are only four ways you can become HIV positive. These are unprotected sexual intercourse, sharing needles, through blood and blood products and transmission from mother to child.
There are currently 40.3 million people living with HIV and AIDS around the world.
2.3 million children under the age of 15 are living with HIV and AIDS.
There were 4.9 million new cases of HIV in 2005, 700,000 of which were in children aged under 15.
The number of deaths from AIDS in 2005 stands at 3.1 million.
The total reported number of HIV cases to date is 64.3 million.
The total reported number of deaths from AIDS to date is 23.1 million.
Source: UNAIDS AIDS Epidemic Update 2005
Wise Up And Wear It
The Red Ribbon
This year in the UK, World AIDS Day is about wearing the Red Ribbon, as a sign of support for people living with HIV and a symbol of hope for the future. To find out where you can get physical and virtual ribbons visit the World AIDS day website.
12/2/2005 11:10 pm
my red ribbon is done in traditional african beadwork ... blue background, with red ribbon design in tiny beads -- we take world aids day seriously in this country, for obvious reasons!|
12/1/2005 2:16 pm
Good reminder |