World AIDS day commemoration December 1, 2011

Posted by Agatha / on 11/21/2011 / 0 Comments

It is now 30 years - June 5, 1981 - since the first aids case was published by the Centre for Disease Control. It became known as Gay-related immune deficiency (GRID). Today, this disease knows no boundaries and can affect and/or infect anyone.  At the end of 2010, it is estimated that 34 million people globally living with HIV, there were 2.7 million new HIV infections, and 1.8 million people died of AIDS-related illnesses.

UN AIDS report that "the overall growth of the global aids epidemic appears to have stabilized. The annual number of new HIV infections has been steadily declining since the late 1990s and there are fewer aids-related deaths due to the significant scale up of antiretroviral therapy over the past few years.  Although the number of new infections has been falling, levels of new infections overall are still high, and with significant reductions in mortality the number of people living with HIV worldwide has increased." As is customary globally, December 1 will be dedicated to remembering, taking stock, sharing stories and reviewing past actions.

As members, you are invited to share your thoughts with other members. Let's have a dialogue. Let's hear what you think we can each of us contribute towards combating this disease.

Thank you.


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