Last year, AIDS claimed the lives of three million people. That's more than 8,000 every day. Ninety-five-percent of all aids cases occur in the world’s poorest countries, but that doesn't mean that we are not immune here in the Valley.
"I just never thought it would be me," said Renee, a woman living with HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS. "It wasn't because of drug use, or homosexuality., ..it was being involved with someone I loved very, very deeply."
Here in the Valley, there are 150-cases of HIV and more than 170-cases of AIDS.
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World AIDS Day
What is World AIDS Day?
- Since 1988 Dec. 1st has been a day bringing messages of compassion, hope, solidarity and understanding about AIDS to every country in the world, North and South, East and West.
- World AIDS Day emerged from the call by the World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programs for AIDS Prevention in January 1988 to open channels of communication, strengthen the exchange of information and experience, and forge a spirit of social tolerance.
- World AIDS Day has received the support of the World Health Assembly, the United Nations system, and governments, communities and individuals around the world. Each year, it is the only international day of coordinated action against AIDS.
The Red Ribbon
- The Red Ribbon is an international symbol of AIDS awareness that is worn by people all year round and particularly around world AIDS day to demonstrate care and concern about HIV and AIDS, and to remind others of the need for their support and commitment.
Theme for World AIDS Day
- 2002 2002 Discrimination and Stigma
- 2001 I care. Do you?
- 2000 AIDS : Men make a difference
- 1999 Listen, Learn, Live: World AIDS Campaign with Children and Young People
- 1998 Force For Change: World AIDS Campaign With Young People
- 1997 Children Living in a World with AIDS
- 1996 One World, One Hope
- 1995 Shared Rights, Shared Responsibilities
- 1994 AIDS and the Family
- 1993 Time to Act
- 1992 Community Commitment
- 1991 Sharing the Challenge
- 1990 Women & AIDS
- 1989 Youth
- 1988 Communication