December 1 is World AIDS Day, and this year marks the 21st anniversary of its commemoration. It was started in 1988 as a way to raise awareness, money and combat the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. 21 years later, the disease continues to make its impact on the world, infecting over 33 million people, and taking the lives of millions others.
- 67% of the people living with HIV/AIDS are in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Since 1981, over 25 million people have died from the disease
- Young people account for half of new HIV infections
The number of people living with HIV has risen from around 8 million in 1990 to 33 million today, and is still growing. - UNAIDS
I am not aware of anyone in my family or among my friends that is infected with the HIV/AIDS virus. However, I recognize that the issue is one that cannot be ignored in the African American community. I created the HIV/AIDS Awareness Groupsite in an effort to keep people informed about this issue year-round.
What are you doing to increase HIV/AIDS Awareness in your sphere of influence?