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More than two million AIDS related deaths reported globally in 2008 - two million children under the age of 15 now live with HIV



Started on 1st December 1988, World AIDS Day is about raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. The World AIDS Day theme for 2009 is 'Universal Access and Human Rights'. World AIDS Day is important in 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 33.4 million people living with HIV, including 2.1 million children. During 2008 some 2.7 million people became newly infected with the virus and an estimated 2 million people died from AIDS.1 Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35.2

The vast majority of people with HIV and AIDS live in lower- and middle-income countries. But HIV today is a threat to men, women and children on all continents around the world.

Take Action
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

2009's focus is about respect:protect universal access and human rights.

Please do something today. Even if it is reposting this or wearing a ribbon. People are still getting HIV. People with HIV and AIDS are being denied basic rights.

I will admit that at my church this is something we do as a community often. I would say a large portion of my church members are living with HIV and so community outreach is a big deal. Tonite we are going as a group to Broad Street Ministry to give dinner to the homeless for World AIDS day. Every Xmas we go to Calcutta house (an AIDS community for the homeless) and give them an Xmas party as well as raising funds for them to stay open. All of our 4 pot lucks include a bus for Calcutta house members to come and share a meal with us. Plus other things we do year round. Do something extra today.

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