Monday, December 1, 2008
World AIDS Day 2008
Today, marks the 20th Anniversary of World AIDS Day. The World Health Organization(WHO) established World AIDS Day in 1988 to raise awareness and focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic.
According to AIDS.gov, the estimated number of people living with HIV worldwide is over 33 million, over one million Americans are living with HIV.
"Leadership-Stop AIDS.Keep the Promise" is this year's theme. People living with HIV and AIDS (PLHIV) and their supporters are the driving force in the fight against the disease. They have taken the lead in asking questions and getting global leaders and governments fully involved in the fight, but the struggle continues. Without PLHIV leadership, universal access to prevention, treatment and care will remain a dream.
To achieve the goal, everyone must do his/her part in the fight. Governments must get involved and keep the promises they made. Community leaders must encourage its members to take leadership roles in sharing information. Individuals must get tested, know their rights to prevention and treatment, and take action against stigma and discrimination, because HIV/AIDS does not discriminate.
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.
Since 1988, the face and response to HIV/AIDS has greatly changed. All week and throughout the year, I will post information about these changes and how they have impacted communities.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
National HIV Testing Resources
World AIDS Campaign
A Lady's Perspective