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World Aids Day 2014

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December 1 is World AIDS Day. The 2014 theme for World AIDS Day is “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation.”

 

Did you know?

  • 35 million people are living with HIV/AIDS
  • 19 million people who are living with HIV/AIDS do not know their status.
  • The vast majority of people with HIV are in low and middle-income countries, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • 3.2 million children worldwide are living with HIV. Most of these children were infected by their HIV-positive mothers during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding.

Yesterday, President Obama summed up where we are in the challenge:

“In communities across our Nation and around the world, we have made extraordinary progress in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. Just over three decades ago, when we knew only the devastation HIV inflicted, those living with it had to fight just to be treated with dignity and compassion, and since the first cases of AIDS were reported, tens of millions of vibrant men and women have lost their lives to this deadly virus. Today, we have transformed what it means to live with HIV/AIDS. More effective prevention, treatment, and care now save millions of lives while awareness has soared and research has surged. This World AIDS Day, we come together to honor all those who have been touched by HIV/AIDS and celebrate the promising public health and scientific advances that have brought us closer to our goal of an AIDS-free generation.”

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