Thursday, December 01, 2005

World AIDS Day


December 1 is World AIDS Day. The website for the day focuses more on the red ribbon and doesn't make much mention of the facts so I will do it for them.
-25 million people have died from complications related to AIDS since its discovery in 1981.
-It is estimated that 40.3 million people are infected with HIV and 4.9 million people were infected in 2005 this year.
-3.1 million people have died this year from complications due to AIDS.

Some good news to report is that HIV infection rates are falling in sub Saharan African nations according to a UN commissioned survey. More good news is that the HIV vaccine is in Phase II of clinical trials and the results seem promising. More information about the vaccine here.

Remember to get tested frequently and to practice safer sex all the time. It only takes one encounter to contract HIV so be consistent when practicing safer sex. If you know someone that is living with HIV/AIDS take them out for dinner or lunch, call and say hi, or just give them a hug.

AIDS is something that we should be aware of every day and don't forget its not about sporting a red ribbon. It's about people.
Support World AIDS Day

9 Comments:

Blogger Spider said...

Very nice post Adam - wouldn't it be great if EVERY gay blogger had this as one of their daily posts...

8:33 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Good post Adam. I will also do a post to comply with Spider's request.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

Well said

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Nathan said...

Beautiful post Adam

10:50 AM  
Blogger ScottyFerguson said...

Adam,

As a person living with HIV I appreciate your post.

Wonderful job sir. Well said.

11:38 AM  
Blogger jeremy said...

hey adam-
bristol-myers squibb is donating $1 (up to $100,000) for every 'virtual candle' lit on this site.
its something small that takes no time, that anyone can do.

2:47 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

Jeremy thanks for sharing that!

2:54 PM  
Blogger jjd said...

If anyone is still reading these comments tonight, I just lit a candle and it alleges there's still available over 500 candles to be lit before their contribution is maxed out to the USA so go click on the link in Jeremy's comment!

7:42 PM  
Blogger Sunshine said...

Thanks for that, Adam. I didn't know those facts before. Thanks for making me aware of them and the spirit behind the special day. :)

12:34 AM  

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