December 1 is World AIDS Day

December 1, 2009 by  
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AIDS ribbonToday, December 1, we join the rest of the international community to observe WORLD AIDS DAY. This observance was started 21 years ago in December 1988 by the World Health Organaization to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS all over the world. This year’s theme is “human rights and access to treatment.” The official color for AIDS is RED.

We list here some events organized in observance of this special day.

Alicia Keys holds YouTube concert for World AIDS Day
Watch for Alicia Keys today when she perform a YoutTube concer to commemorate this day. concert will be broadcast live on her official YouTube page. The proceeds of the concert will be donated to Keep A Child Alive. Check out

Cities go (RED) on World AIDS Day
The city of Columbus, Ohio will join many other cities and go “RED” today by illuminating its City Hall as well as the Columbus Public Health building in red lights to show support for World Aids Day. Other cities in the US going RED include:

Award Winning Musical Icons Lend Their Voices to World AIDS Day
In the African continent, musical celebrities will perform at the 5th Annual World Aids Day Gala Concert at the Artscape Theatre. These include Gladys Knight and the Pips, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker, The Rolling Stones, Luther Vandross, Black Eyed Peas, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Jimmie Earl Perry

IFRC report on HIV released
In keeping with this year’s theme, today, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) released the report “Inequalities fuelling HIV pandemic” especially focused in the regions Latin America and the Caribbean. According to the report

“The HIV pandemic in Latin America and the Caribbean is fuelled by a range of social and economic inequalities exacerbated by high levels of stigma, discrimination of highly vulnerable groups, and persistent gender inequality and homophobia, says a new report issued in Lima, Peru by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).”

How can you help increase HIV/AIDS awareness?

DoctorNDTV gives some recommendations:

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One Response to “December 1 is World AIDS Day”
  1. Bryan says:

    Aids is a scary disease. People should be aware of this and take extra precautions. Thanks for sharing this one! Keep posting!

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