World AIDS Day

Hi everyone,

Today is World AIDS day. I just wanted to create a blog to give all of you one place you could go to for an explanation of the day, places to go to for more information, and to give you a list of websites you can check out if you’re interested in seeing how you can help.

What is it?
World AIDS Day was started by the World Health Organization in 1988. The purpose of today is to focus global attention on the HIV/AIDS epidemic and what it s doing to people across the world. Even though the World AIDS day was started by WHO it has garnered so much attention from so many different people and organizations. This is great if you have a preference in the way you choose to get involved. Governments, national AIDS programs, churches, community organizations and individuals have all joined in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The Facts
The latest statistics on the world epidemic of AIDS & HIV were published by UNAIDS/WHO in November 2006, and refer to the end of 2006.

People living with HIV/AIDS in 2006
39.5 million
34.1-47.1 million
Adults living with HIV/AIDS in 2006
37.2 million
32.1-44.5 million
Women living with HIV/AIDS in 2006
17.7 million
15.1-20.9 million
Children living with HIV/AIDS in 2006
2.3 million
1.7-3.5 million
People newly infected with HIV in 2006
4.3 million
3.6-6.6 million
Adults newly infected with HIV in 2006
3.8 million
3.2-5.7 million
Children newly infected with HIV in 2006
0.53 million
0.41-0.66 million
AIDS deaths in 2006
2.9 million

2.5-3.5 million
Adult AIDS deaths in 2006
2.6 million
2.2-3.0 million
Child AIDS deaths in 2006
0.38 million
0.29-0.50 million
More than 25 million people have died of AIDS since 1981.
Africa has 12 million AIDS orphans.
At the end of 2006, women accounted for 48% of all adults living with HIV worldwide, and for 59% in sub-Saharan Africa.
Young people (15-24 years old) account for half of all new HIV infections worldwide – around 6,000 become infected with HIV every day.
In developing and transitional countries, 6.8 million people are in immediate need of life-saving AIDS drugs; of these, only 1.65 million are receiving the drugs.
Okay, well if all that information hasn’t already overwhelmed you and you want to know more here is a list of websites that are working to raise awareness and end the AIDS epidemic. You’d be surprised all the ways in which you can make difference so please take a moment look at all the opportunities to help.

launched on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2006. is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Internet portal that will provide users easy access to information on Federal HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, treatment, and research programs, policies, and resources.

ONE is a new effort by Americans to rally Americans – ONE by ONE – to fight the emergency of global AIDS and extreme poverty.

If you buy a (RED) product or sign up for a (RED) service, at no cost to you, a (RED) company will give some of its profits to buy and distribute anti-retroviral medicine to our brothers and sisters dying of AIDS in Africa. DATA aims to spark response to crises threatening hope in Africa: unpayable Debts, uncontrolled spread of AIDS, and unfair trade rules which keep Africans poor. For more than 70 years, Save the Children has created real and lasting change for children in need in more than 40 countries around the globe, including the United States. Blood and water represent a community-centered and integrated approach to AIDS that include establishing basic conditions necessary for health, addressing the constraints of poverty, and empowering communities to take ownership of their own long-term health development. Keep A Child Alive is a campaign that offers people the opportunity to provide lifesaving antiretroviral (ARV) medicine and support services directly to children and families with HIV/AIDS in some of the world’s poorest countries.