Wednesday, December 1, 2010
December 1 is World AIDS Day, a day to raise awareness and remember those we have lost. During the last decade, there have also been stunning advances in treatment and prevention, including news just last week about remarkable rates of effectiveness of a specific one-pill per day oral pre-exposure prophylaxis.
As we commemorate World AIDS Day, please consider learning more about ways AIDS impacts us both at home and as global citizens. www.aids.gov/is a great place to start. Or, check out what Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Serena Williams, Jennifer Hudson, and others will be doing to observe the day.
A new report released by UNAIDS this month included these findings:
- An estimated 33 million people live with HIV worldwide
- About half of new HIV infections occur in young people
- Half of all people living with HIV are women.
- Deaths from AIDS have declined worldwide, yet HIV is still the leading cause of death worldwide. 1.8 million people died of AIDS this year.
Learn even more about ways we are impacted in the U.S. and around the world. Join the Center for Health Promotion, Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes, and the Southern Tier AIDS Program for a World AIDS Day event at 6 pm in IC Square, Campus Center, immediately followed by the annual Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen film series screening in commemoration of World AIDS Day at 7 pm in Textor 103.
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