Do you know your status? Well, today is a good day to find out. World AIDS Day is observed every year on December 1st. The World Health Organizations established World AIDS Day in 1988 to raise awareness and to focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic. World AIDS Day provides information to governments, AIDS organizations and programs, faith organization, communities, and individuals.
In 2007, the estimated numbers of persons living with HIV worldwide is 33.2 million, there were 2.1 million AIDS deaths. In the United States, over one million Americans are living with HIV/AIDS today, one-fourth of them do not know they have the disease. HIV the virus that causes AIDS is hitting African Americans hard. African Americans account for 13% of the U.S. population, but account for 49% percent of all new cases of HIV/AIDS. Black women account for 64% of all women with HIV. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, AIDS remains the leading cause of death for blacks ages 25 to 44. There is a push to educate African Americans on HIV/AIDS
Magic Johnson and his wife, Cookie, are standing together to fight and educate people, especially African Americans, about the disease. Magic's "I Stand with Magic" campaign is a five-year, $60 million effort financed by the drug company Abbott. The goal is to cut HIV/AIDS rates amoung African Americans by 50%.
It is important to get tested. Early detection save lives. Effective HIV care—including antiretroviral therapies and regular access to primary health care—can help people manage their HIV disease and live longer. So if you don't know your status, get tested.
National HIV Testing Resources
U.S Department of Health & Human Services
I Stand with Magic
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization