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Every December 1st, "World's AIDS Day" is celebrated worldwide to remember the victims of HIV and AIDS, to learn more about the devastating effects of the disease around the world, and to reaffirm the world's commitment to fight HIV and AIDS.

Here are the facts. . .

HIV/AIDS will kill more people this decade than all the wars and disasters in the past 50 years.

Since the AIDS epidemic began, 25 million people have died with HIV and AIDS. AIDS Ribbon

During 2002, 14,000 people were newly infected with AIDS each day! 3.2 million people died of HIV/AIDS.

Almost 50% of all new adult HIV infections occured in people between 15 and 24.

About one third of those living with HIV/AIDS were between the ages of 15 and 24.

At the end of 2002, 42,000,000 people were living with HIV/AIDS. 50% of adults infected with HIV/AIDS worldwide were women.

Every 60 seconds, 10 people become infected with the AIDS virus. This must stop.

Since the AIDS Pandemic began in 1981: World AIDS Day - December 1st

  • Deaths - 34 million by the end of 2010
  • Living with HIV/AIDS - 42+ million
  • Orphaned by AIDS - 15 million
  • Women infected - 16.4 million
  • Deaths in 2004 - 3 million
  • Deaths in women in 2004 - 1.3 million
  • AIDS kills one child every minute
  • HIV infections in 2004 - 5 million
  • U.S. HIV Infection 2004 - 40,000
  • U.S. AIDS Deaths 2004 - 16,000
  • Every day, over 6800 people contract HIV
  • Daily deaths from AIDS worldwide - 8000
  • Daily HIV infections worldwide - 14,000
  • Every minutes 10 people become infected with HIV
  • Total number of people living with HIV/AIDS in U.S. - 1+ million
  • Total deaths in U.S. - 500,000
  • TOTAL - 65 million have been infected with HIV/AIDS in the past two decades.

Stigma and discrimination are the major obstacles to effective HIV/AIDS prevention and care. Fear of discrimination may prevent people from seeking treatment for AIDS or from acknowledging their HIV status publicly. People with, or suspected of having, HIV may be turned away from health care services, denied housing and employment, shunned by their friends and colleagues, turned down for insurance coverage or refused entry into foreign countries.

In some cases, they may be evicted from home by their families, divorced by their spouses, and suffer physical violence or even murder. The stigma attached to HIV/AIDS may extend into the next generation, placing an emotional burden on children who may also be trying to cope with the death of their parents from AIDS.

World AIDS Day - This World AIDS Day - and all year round - we're asking you to Act Aware. Acting aware means finding out the facts about HIV and using this knowledge to protect yourself and others from HIV infection. Many people do not understand how HIV is transmitted, how it can be prevented, or the reality of living with HIV today. People living with HIV can also still face stigma and discrimination from society.

Human Rights Campaign - Working for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equal rights.

The HIV/AIDS Encyclopedia - 750,000+ documents!

HIV & Religion - Faith resources.

The African American Coalition Against AIDS - The African American Coalition Against AIDS (AACAA) was founded in 2002 for the explicit purpose of filling a void in the landscape of organizations engaged in HIV/AIDS work. AACAA targets neighborhoods and communities that have been particularly impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

AIDS Education - Each year there are more and more new HIV infections, which shows that people either aren't learning the message about the dangers of HIV, or are unable or unwilling to act on it. Many people are dangerously ignorant about the virus, with surveys around the world showing alarmingly low levels of awareness and understanding about HIV amongst many groups.

The American Red Cross Public Health Education Division - The American Red Cross Public Health Education Division (PHE) helps save more lives by developing, evaluating, implementing and supporting innovative prevention programs. Our programs are easy to use and are designed to reach a variety of audiences. They are based on the latest evidence of what makes health education programs effective.

HIV & AIDS Info - More than 15 million children around the world have lost one or both parents to HIV and AIDS. Each one of these children has a name. Each one needs hope. You can make a difference right now in the life of an orphan or vulnerable child affected by HIV and AIDS.

YouthAIDS - YouthAIDS, an education and prevention program of PSI, uses media, pop culture, music, theatre and sports to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and reach 600 million young people in more than 60 countries with life-saving messages, products, services and care.

Read, "Medical Resource: The Truth About HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)" - A special "thank you" to Sophie for calling this article to my attention.

Read, "Forgiveness. . . What's it For?"

Understanding HIV and AIDS. Watch the video:

The Top Ten Myths About HIV and AIDS. Watch the video:

To purchase the following books, click on the book cover image or the book title link!

Where the Rainbow Bends Where the Rainbow Bends - Jaan Jewett - Drew Jewett died of AIDS. This is a true story about the love and courage of two survivors, a mother and her son, who exchanged hundreds of letters that reveal the trials, traumas, love and respect for each other.  Everyone who has experienced death of a loved one will benefit from Ms. Jewett's positive approach to life and will be encouraged to lift their consciousness and get on with life.
A Burden Of Silence: My Mother's Battle With AIDS - Nancy A. Draper - This book is a cold-blooded rant against ignorance and prejudice. It is an inspiring and tender account of a daughter's devotion to her dying mother. This is a poignant story about a grandmother who was transfused with HIV in 1983. She kept her illness a secret because she feared people would reject her. She felt like a leper and suffered from loneliness,anger,and despair. Nancy gives her mother a voice in this touching and riveting story. A Burden Of Silence: My Mother's Battle With AIDS
Ten Smart Things Gay Men Can Do to Improve Their Lives Ten Smart Things Gay Men Can Do to Improve Their Lives - Joe Kort - Openly gay therapist Joe Kort provides 10 powerful and positive steps gay men can take to isolate and overcome self-defeating behavior patterns, and move in healthier and more rewarding directions. These solid and reliable "Top 10" life steps that have been most helpful to Joe Kort's clients in his 16 years of working with hundreds of gay men, are presented in an engaging and easy-to-understand manner and are supplemented by case histories from his practice. These are time-tested, practical decisions gay men can make in their search for emotional, sexual and personal fulfillment. Visit Joe's Website.
Everybody: Preventing HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases Among Young Teens - Deborah Schoeberlein - EveryBody is a developmentally appropriate, research-based curriculum about HIV and Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) prevention for fifth through ninth grade students. Teachers, families and health professionals use EveryBody in school, home, and clinical settings. Research shows that this curriculum works. The curriculum engages young teens in active learning with twenty-four sequential, student-centered activities correlated to national Science and Health Education Standards. Six additional chapters provide guidance about using EveryBody plus up-to-date information on HIV/STDs and related topics. EveryBody is medically accurate and comprehensive.

Everybody

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