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Take action for World AIDS Day

Around 40 million people are living with HIV throughout the world – and that number increases in every region every day.The number of people living with HIV in North America, and western and central Europe rose to 1.9 million in 2005, with approximately 65,000 people having acquired HIV in the past year, according to UNAIDS, the joint United Nations program on HIV/AIDS. Sub-Saharan Africa has just over 10 percent of the world’s population, but is home to more than 60 percent of all people living with HIV – 25.8 million. Half of all new HIV infections worldwide are in young people aged 15-24.

“On current trends, AIDS will kill tens of millions of people over the next 20 years. But this need not happen,” said UNAIDS executive director Peter Piot, on the organization’s Web site. “We know prevention works. We know that HIV treatment and care work.”On Dec. 1, World AIDS Day provides an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV and AIDS, stopping the spread of HIV and ending prejudice. This starts on the local level by:• Wearing a red ribbon on Dec. 1

• Talking to people in the community about AIDS/HIV• Organizing and participating in events which call attention to AIDS/HIV

The red ribbon is an international symbol of AIDS awareness worn to demonstrate care and concern about HIV and AIDS, and to remind others of the need for their support and commitment. The red ribbon started as a grassroots effort, and as a result, there is no official red ribbon, and many people make their own. To make ribbons, purchase red ribbon, about 1.5 centimeter wide, and cut it into strips about 15 centimeters long. Then fold at the top into an inverted “V” shape and put a safety pin through the center. Attach the ribbon to clothing, specifically on Dec. 1 for World AIDS Day.Source: http://www.AVERT.org

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