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Friday 1 December 2017

World AIDS Day

More than 35 million people live with HIV worldwide. Despite progress, AIDS continues to kill about 8,000 Americans each year. Over 1.1 million people in the US are living with HIV, but almost 1 in 6 don’t know it. Viruses are not alive in the traditional sense. There are two strains of HIV: HIV-1, and HIV-2. The most deadly version is HIV-1. The earliest confirmed case of AIDS in humans comes from Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1969. There is some evidence that AIDS made the rounds in Europe following World War II, predicated on a wave of children dying from PCP, a disease which only afflicts those with weakened immune systems.
It’s likely that no one is truly “immune” from HIV/AIDS, there are some people that exhibit a strong resistance. Scientists have discovered at least two different adaptations, one which repels the infection in the first place and another which keeps HIV from developing into AIDS. The former is a genetic mutation found primarily in Scandinavians. The mutation, called CCR5-delta 32, prevents the virus from entering the cells. Research indicates this mutation may have come from Europe’s history of weathering deadly plagues.
World AIDS Day is celebrated around the world on December 1st each year. It has become one of the most recognized international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories, such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.
UNAIDS took the lead on campaigning for World AIDS Day from its creation until 2004. From 2004 onwards the World AIDS Campaign’s Global Steering Committee began selecting a theme for World AIDS Day in consultation with civil society, organisations and government agencies involved in the AIDS response.
About 30 million people have died from HIV/AIDS-related causes since its discovery in 1981. Roughly 1.7 million died of HIV/AIDS in 2011 alone. At the end of 2011, there were 3.3 million children living with HIV around the world.
Source: un.org | avert.org | cdc.gov
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Quotes & Wishes - A chance of life A chance of life

I still cannot fathom how difficult it was for the women I met to find out that they were HIV-positive. It is such a courageous undertaking in countries where there is still considerable stigma about the disease. They got tested to ensure that their unborn babies would have a chance of life by being born free of the virus.
Gabriel Byrne
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Quotes & Wishes - A child is orphaned by AIDS every 15 seconds A child is orphaned by AIDS every 15 seconds

Did you know a child is orphaned by AIDS every 15 seconds. Millions of children are going it alone. Missing their childhood. Missing their mother. Missing their father. AIDS is devastating families around the globe. Children are missing your support. Unite for children. Unite against AIDS.
Danny Glover
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Quotes & Wishes - AIDS today is not a death sentence AIDS today is not a death sentence

AIDS today is not a death sentence. It can be treated as a chronic illness, or a chronic disease.
Yusuf Hamied
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Quotes & Wishes - Children whose lives have been devastated by AIDS Children whose lives have been devastated by AIDS

We want the world to focus on children whose lives have been devastated by AIDS. The millions of children who are missing their parents; their childhood, their future but most importantly, they are missing YOU. Everyone can make a real difference. Your voice is needed in a global movement that can change their world.
Pierce Brosnan
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Quotes & Wishes - Did you know children are dying because of AIDS Did you know children are dying because of AIDS

Did you know children are dying because of AIDS. Missing the medicines that prevent transmission from mother to child. Missing the protection from parents teachers and role models that can teach them about the danger, and keep them safe from sexual exploitation. Children are missing your support. Unite for children. Unite against AIDS.
Whoopi Goldberg
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