World Aids Day : Getting to Zero

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World Aids Day : Getting to Zero

world aids dayCan you believe that we are in December already ? And do you realize what 1st December means ?

Today is World AIDS day; first observed in 1988 in Geneva by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, two public information officers for the Global Programme on AIDS at the W.H.O

World Aids day began as a way to increase awareness of the disease and support those affected by it, their families, their communities, even entire countries.

The theme for World AIDS Day 1st December 2011, is 'Getting to Zero'. After 30 years of the global fight against HIV and AIDS, this year the global community has committed to focusing on achieving 3 targets:

"Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths."

Backed by the United Nations, the "Getting to Zero" campaign runs until 2015 and builds on last year’s successful World AIDS Day "Light for Rights" initiative.  It is envisioned that different regions and groups will each year chose one or all of the Zeros that best addresses their situation.

I came across a site called AVERT that is dedicated to creating awareness about AIDS.  They have a AVERT AIDS Challenge that you can play online, on facebook, and even tweet your score (#AVERTAIDSChallenge) ! I scored 47 btw.

Let's take HIV/AIDS awareness around the world!  Spread the word; and don’t forget to use a condom !

Read More :

  1. UN Site : World Aids Day 2011
  2. World Aids Campaign