Getting To Zero: World AIDS Day 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

2012 World AIDS Day theme

 December 1, 2012 is World AIDS Day!  A day to remind people from around to world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, safe sex practices, HIV testing, and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic.  After 30 years of the global response to HIV and AIDS, only 24% of young women and 36% of young men in low- and middle- income countries are knowledgeable about HIV transmission and prevention.  These numbers have to get better!!!

According to the Center for Diseases Control (CDC),
  • Estimated number of people around the world with HIV: 33.3 Million
  • Number of people living in the US with an AIDS diagnosis: 479, 161
  • Estimated number of people in the US living with HIV: 1.2 Million
  • African Americans, who make up only 14 percent of the U.S. population, make up 44 percent of the HIV-positive population.
  • Latinos face three times the HIV infection rates as whites.
  • Men who have sex with men represent 2 percent of the U.S. population but account for 61 percent of all new HIV infections.
If these numbers don't make you ask why we are still fighting an uphill battle against HIV/AIDS in 2012, maybe the images will hit home.

Courtesy of World Health Organization

AIDS affects us all!! Infections can be prevented.  Factors that contribute to new infections include:  unprotected sexual encounters, sex with multiple partners, domestic violence, intravenous drug use (sharing needles), homelessness and unstable housing, lack of adequate sexual education, and other risky behavior. 

Contrary to some of the nonsense I've heard from people in my community, THERE IS NO CURE!! YES, you can become infected with HIV and other sexual transmitted infections (STI's) through oral and anal sex.  Until there is a cure, think about what behaviors can put you at risk for infection.  GET TESTED!!  

You can find information on where to get tested, here.!
Make your own Facing AIDS declaration at


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