World AIDS Day!

Today is World AIDS Day!

From World AIDs Day website:

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

Check out the statistics on HIV/AIDS from the World Health Organization and the UNAIDS:

From WHO:

Read the 2011 WorldAIDSdayreport.

Here’s a queer and trans positive video featuring Larry Kramer a key figure of the ACT-UP (AIDS coalition to unleash power) movement.

Looking for some way to show your support on World AIDS Day??

From HIV Edmonton:

Attend “Angels Amongst Us – a Storytelling” at HIV Edmonton (9702 111 Ave):

World AIDS Day: Angels Amongst Us:

An Intimate Affair Honouring Our HIV Positive Mentors After 30 years of HIV and AIDS,

the People Living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) of Edmonton would like to honour former HIV positive mentors during World AIDS Day.

Dec. 1, 2011 at HIV Edmonton’s Gallery

6:00pm Doors open

6:30-7:00 Performance by Vernon Morgan

7:00 Monologue presented by Ken Ward

8:00 HIV + Mentors presentation

Also check out the Madeleine-Sanam Foundation, who ” works for the development of the autonomy of African women and the well-being of the handicapped with programs in community health and economy. ” They run awesome workshops on HIV/AIDS as part of their initiatives in community health.

Check out an article in the Metro about HIV Among Women and Youth

Thirty per cent of females diagnosed with HIV are between the ages of 15-19, up 16 per cent from 1996, says a report by the Public Health Agency in Canada. Since 1985, youth between the ages of 15-29 have accounted for 26.5 per cent of new HIV cases. These numbers prompted the Canadian AIDS Society to launch a month-long awareness campaign, called Get Out And Do Something, which targets youth.



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