Monday, December 1, 2008

World Aids Day

Today is World Aids Day. World Aids Day has been going since 1988, so this year is the 20th Anniversary

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the first World AIDS Day in an effort to raise public awareness about HIV/AIDS issues, including the need for support and understanding for people living with HIV/AIDS. The day is also an opportunity to highlight the need for continued development of education and prevention initiatives.

It is an appeal to all Australians to take personal responsibility in the fight to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.

The theme’s positive approach also aims to reduce the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. While people living with HIV face serious challenges everyday, being HIV-positive is no longer a death sentence.

Advances in medical treatment, health management, testing, support and peer education services allow HIV-positive people to live longer and healthier lives.

Safe sex is using condoms and water-based lubricants as well as a range of other things you can do during sex to help reduce the risk of catching or passing on HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) or STIs (sexually transmitted infections).

The most common way HIV and STIs are passed on is through vaginal or anal sex without a condom.

The red ribbon is an international symbol of AIDS awareness. It is worn by people all year round, and particularly around World AIDS Day, to demonstrate their support for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. It is also a symbol of commitment to challenge the stigma and prejudice surrounding HIV/AIDS.
With buying a red ribbon you are helping fund support services for people living with HIV/AIDS and provision of HIV/AIDS related medical and counselling services, and support and peer education groups.