Thursday, December 01, 2011

FIGHT AIDS...

We are fast approaching December 1, 2011 when we commemorate yet another year of World AIDS Day. It's 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's 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, TODAY will be dedicated to remember those we've lost and to be thankful for the survival of those we love who live with the disease that has no cure. Happy WAD 2011 and show your support by wearing a red ribbon today!

1 comment:

thegayte-keeper said...

Time to end the discrimination!