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Monday, December 1, 2008

World AIDS Day

December 1st, 2008 marks the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day, a day in which we focus on awareness and prevention of HIV/AIDS. Officially recognized in 1988 by the World Health Organization (WHO), World AIDS Day brings together governments, organizations, and individuals around the world for one purpose: to stop the spread of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Read a message from WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan here.

Quick Facts:

- Globally, there were 33 million people living with HIV in 2007

- Young people aged 15-24 account for an estimated 45% of new HIV infections worldwide

- Illinois ranked eighth nationally among states with the largest number of new AIDS cases in 2006

Tips from the US Dept. of Health and Human Services on how to take action in response to HIV/AIDS:

1.) Get tested for HIV
2.) Practice safe methods to prevent HIV
3.) Decide not to engage in high risk behaviors
4.) Talk about HIV prevention with family, friends, and colleagues
5.) Provide support to people living with HIV/AIDS
6.) Get involved with or host an event for World AIDS Day in your community

To find an HIV testing site near you, send a text message with your ZIP code to “KNOWIT” (566948) or visit http://www.hivtest.org/. You can also contact your local Planned Parenthood health center for information on getting tested here.

Know your HIV status? Text: Your Zip Code to KnowIT or 566948 To find HIV test centers hear you www.hivtest.org

Click here to check out AIDS Foundation of Chicago President/CEO Mark Ishaug's blog about his hopes on World AIDS Day in The Huffington Post today.

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