Health Awareness – World AIDS Day

December 1 is World AIDS Day. It was established by the World Health Organization in 1988. Since then, millions of people have died because of AIDS, yet there are still new cases everyday.

In the United States, more than 56,000 person become infected with HIV each year – more than half (57%) are between the ages of 25-44.

Every person with HIV has her or his own story. So does every person who loves them.  At the ACT AGAINST AIDS website, you can see videos or read posts from real people who have been touched by the epidemic. You can also share your own story.

Every 9 1/2 minutes someone new gets HIV.  Could you be at risk?

HIV/AIDS is spread through body fluids, including blood, semen, vaginal fluids and breast milk. Drug users who share the same needle,  people who have unprotected sex with someone who might have the virus, and babies with HIV+ mothers are all at risk of getting HIV.

You can prevent HIV by practicing safer sex (using condoms and dental dams), having sex with one uninfected person who only has sex with you, or even by being abstinent.   Learn more…

Get tested!

Getting tested is also important since the main symptom for HIV is no symptom at all!  You might feel fine even though you are infected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 21% of HIV-positive people don’t  know they are infected.  Click here to find a testing site near you.

Raise awareness and stop the spread of HIV.

The Act Against AIDS website has easy ways to spread the word, including banners and badges for your website, blog or Facebook Page.

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