Do you know someone who is HIV positive, or has AIDS? If you answered ‘no’, chances are you are wrong. As of 2006, over 25 million people around the world have died of AIDS. At the end of 2008, World Health Organization and UNAIDS estimated 33.4 million people around the world were HIV positive. Many do not know they are infected.
December 1 is World AIDS Day. You can help stop the AIDS pandemic and protect yourself by becoming informed. Many people live long healthy lives while HIV positive, but there is still no cure, and medications to hold the virus at bay in a person’s body can have their own set of serious side effects. The best treatment for HIV/AIDS is to not become infected. Safer-sex practices, condoms, and monogamous relations with a person known to be HIV negative are important steps to take to protect yourself.
These sites have information you need regarding World AIDS Day, and about HIV/AIDS:
The World Health Organization.
World AIDS Day.
The World AIDS Day Campaign.
AIDS.gov (United States Department of Health and Human Services)