World AIDS Day 2012

Today is World AIDS Day. “World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.” According to the official report by UNAIDS 2012, relased on 20 November, a “50% drop in new HIV infections across 25 countries” has been achieved. ““The pace of progress is quickening—what used to take a decade is now being achieved in 24 months,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “We are scaling up faster and smarter than ever before. It is the proof that with political will and follow through we can reach our shared goals by 2015.”

It is important to know how HIV is transmitted, how it can be prevented and how the reality is today of living with HIV. By using this knowledge, you can take care of your own health as well as those of others and ensure that those living with HIV are treated fairly, with respect and understanding. Check out the World AIDS Campaign with more information or the page UNAIDS or try the HIV aware quiz to check your knowledge.

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