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World Aids Day 1 December

Among the events planned for World Aids Day

AIDS FILM FESTIVAL, NEW YORK

The Films of the 2007 New York AIDS Film Festival are being screened on December 1 and 2, presented by New York University.

QUEEN RELEASES SINGLE FOR WORLD AIDS DAY

Rock group Queen will release its first new recording in a decade this weekend to mark World AIDS day.

  Paul Rodgers and Brian May
The single will be available as a free download

Say It’s Not True, the band’s first studio collaboration with new frontman Paul Rodgers, will be available as a free download from the band’s website from today.

Former lead vocalist, Freddie Mercury, died of an AIDS-related illness in 1991, and drummer Roger Taylor, who wrote the new song, said the band hoped to raise awareness of the infection.

I Want To Stand With Magic

Help fight HIV/AIDS in the Black community by joining the “I Stand With Magic” Program. Together with Magic and Abbott you can make a difference in your community by raising awareness and speaking out on prevention and treatment options for the disease.

updated 30 November 2007

World AIDS Day, observed December 1 each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection.

“The General Assembly, in 1988, stated its deep concern about the pandemic proportions of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Noting that the World Health Organization (WHO) had declared 1 December 1988 World AIDS Day, the Assembly stressed the importance of observing that occasion (resolution 43/15). Today, some 40 million people are living with HIV/AIDS.”Source: Reference Paper 45

World AIDS Day is a day when people from around the world come together within a single effort. *

Leadership has been chosen by the World AIDS Campaign as the theme for World AIDS Day 2007 and 2008. This theme will continue to be promoted with the slogan “Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise.”—the World AIDS Campaign (WAC) emphasis from 2005-2010.http://www.isabelperez.com/aids.htm

The 2007/8 theme of “Leadership” will build on the 2006 World AIDS Day focus on accountability, and was selected by the Global Steering Committee of the World AIDS Campaign during their meeting held in Geneva in February.

Strong and committed leadership combined with accountability, contributes to significant achievements in the response to HIV, distinguishable by vision, innovation, action, and daring to take risks to make a difference.

Great leaders forge partnerships.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) challenge the creation of sustainable partnerships for the success in achieving the stated objectives in 2015. There Goal 6 – combating HIV/AIDS and Goal 8 – Sustainable Partnerships, are twin engines for the achievement of these objectives.

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Civil society offers many opportunities for sustainable partnerships among and with which organization and institutions progress can be made.

Some Statistics

Number of people living with HIV in 2006
Total 39.5 million (34.1–47.1 million)
Adults 37.2 million (32.1–44.5 million)
Women 17.7 million (15.1–20.9 million)
Children under 15 years 2.3 million (1.7–3.5 million)

Of these, 24 million adults and children are in Africa, South of the Sahara; almost 2 million are in Latin America and the Caribbean.

*Muriella’s Corner would like to see the day when we celebrate the disappearance of HIV/AIDS from the planet…and stop the celebration of the fact that Aids exist by establishing a NO More Aids Day…

Clarification re HIV and AIDS –

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS. This virus may be passed from one person to another when infected blood, semen, or vaginal secretions come in contact with an uninfected person’s broken skin or mucous membranes*. In addition, infected pregnant women can pass HIV to their baby during pregnancy or delivery, as well as through breast-feeding. People with HIV have what is called HIV infection. Some of these people will develop AIDS as a result of their HIV infection.

AIDS stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.

Acquired – means that the disease is not hereditary but develops after birth from contact with a disease causing agent (in this case, HIV).

Immunodeficiency – means that the disease is characterized by a weakening of the immune system.

Syndrome – refers to a group of symptoms that collectively indicate or characterize a disease. In the case of AIDS this can include the development of certain infections and/or cancers, as well as a decrease in the number of certain cells in a person’s immune system.

A diagnosis of AIDS is made by a physician using specific clinical or laboratory standards.

World AIDS Day Themes 1988 – present

1988 Communication
1989 Youth
1990 Women and AIDS
1991 Sharing the Challenge
1992 Community Commitment
1993 Act
1994 AIDS and the Family
1995 Shared Rights, Shared Responsibilities
1996 One World. One Hope
1997 Children Living in a World with AIDS
1998 Force for Change: World AIDS Campaign With Young People
1999 Listen, Learn, Live: World AIDS Campaign with Children & Young People
2000 AIDS: Men Make a Difference
2001 I care. Do you?
2002 Stigma and Discrimination
2003 Stigma and Discrimination
2004 Women, Girls, HIV and AIDS
2005 Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise
2006 Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise – Accountability
2007 Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise – Leadership

Source: Wikipedia, CDC, UN Aids, Gary Null, Life Extension…

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