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Get involved: World AIDS Day a reminder of a global epidemic

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The 20th World AIDS day is being observed today, and a cursory look reveals that some of the numbers associated with this devastating disease are remarkable.

Among them: [via Avert.org]

  • People living with HIV/AIDS in 2007: 33.0 million
  • More than 25 million people have died of AIDS since 1981.
  • Africa has 11.6 million AIDS orphans.
  • At the end of 2007, women accounted for 50% of all adults living with HIV worldwide, and for 59% in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Young people (under 25 years old) account for half of all new HIV infections worldwide.
  • In developing and transitional countries, 9.7 million people are in immediate need of life-saving AIDS drugs; of these, only 2.99 million (31%) are receiving the drugs.
You can get involved and help out in the fight many different ways, including the following:

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Thank you for the statistics you provided on HIV/AIDS, to celebrate the World Aids Day 2008. Information is important. With tangible information, you raise awareness and you bring consciousness. That's the only way you can change people's attitude, especially stigmatisation and discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS. You need to provide accurate information to make the unconscious ones become aware of the problem, find solution to prevent it, then solve it, get involve with others, spread the words around: "HIV/AIDS is no longer a death sentence. People with HIV/AIDS need to be loved and cared for like any other patients. And people who are infected should not feel ashamed. They need to start treatment as early as possible. HIV infection is treatable." Don't die because of a lie. Say "Yes" to the test. And if you are positive, say "Yes" to the treatment. For more positive attitude and encouragement, check out liveup.com or CECOSIDA.ORG.

Yanick Jean-Francois-Landess
Miami Resident
yanicklandess@yahoo.com

Kyle responds: It IS important. But it's one of those things that people don't think of enough. Hopefully taking some time out and thinking helps raise awareness.

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