Wednesday, December 1, 2010

World AIDS Day

Since the 1st December 1988, World AIDS Day has been about raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. The World AIDS Day theme for 2010 is 'Universal Access and Human Rights'. World AIDS Day is important for reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done.  According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 33.3 million people living with HIV, including 2.5 million children. During 2009 some 2.6 million people became newly infected with the virus and an estimated 1.8 million people died from AIDS.

Today communities and cities all over the world will dim the lights to mark World AIDS Day as part of the Light for Rights campaign. LIght for Rights focuses on human rights, HIV and AIDS.
read more about it via World AIDS Day 2010.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a good reminder, Denise. In 1989 I lost a close childhood friend to a heart attack brought about by Aids complications. He was a wonderful, kind, generous, witty, talented, well-educated man, and even though he died 21 years ago, I still miss him. Cheers to you and yours, and thanks for the reminder. Happy Holidays!
Canadian Chickadee