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World AIDS Day 2010

December 1, 2010

TAKE ACTION ON 1 DECEMBER 2010

World AIDS Day, observed December 1 each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. It is common to hold memorials to honor persons who have died from HIV/AIDS on this day. Government and health officials also observe the event, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day. Governments of other nations have followed suit and issued similar announcements. 

AIDS has killed more than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007, and an estimated 33.2 million people worldwide live with HIV as of 2007, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. Despite recent, improved access to antiretroviral treatment and care in many regions of the world, the AIDS epidemic claimed an estimated 2 million lives in 2007,[3] of which about 270,000 were children. [ From Wikipedia ]”

I heard on the radio today, on my way to work, that there are an estimated 17,5 million orphans in Africa alone as a result of HIV. Children as young as 12 years old are taking care of up to four sisters and/or brothers, with little or no means at all. I have lost friends and family to AIDS too. It is something you don’t talk about, but live with everyday.

World AIDS Day 2010 is all about raising awareness to tackle HIV prejudice and help stop the spread of HIV. With the current economic climate politicians want to cut down on AIDS researching funding, just as the figures are starting to show some decline in the spread of HIV. I heard that in the Netherlands the spread of HIV amongst the youth is on the rise again due to ignorance and lack of  awareness.

Make a pledge and join people all over the world making a difference on 1 December 2010.

ACT AWARE is about taking action. It’s about making commitments to help improve understanding about HIV in the world, prevent HIV transmission and stop prejudice.


The theme for World AIDS Day 2010 is ‘Universal Access and Human Rights’. Global leaders have pledged to work towards universal access to HIV and AIDS treatment, prevention and care, recognising these as fundamental human rights.

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