12/1/16 – Today is World AIDS Day!

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While scientific advances enable us to save many lives affected by HIV/AIDS, there is still a lot of work to do. Did you know that just in America, an estimated 50% of young people who are living with HIV do not know they are infected? About 36.7 Million people worldwide are currently living with HIV/AIDS and every day 5,758 people contract HIV. That is 240 people per hour.

Most of the people (about 19 million people) living with HIV live in eastern and southern Africa. WellShare International has been contributing to a reduction of HIV transmission by increasing access to and use of dual protection within the context of voluntary family planning services in Uganda and by educating communities in Tanzania. Read all about our programs here: https://wellshareinternational.org/programs/

What you can do today:

“Doing it”
“Testing for HIV— can give you important information and help keep you—and others—safe. About one in eight people in the United States who have HIV don’t know they have it. Knowing your HIV status can give you peace of mind—and testing is the only way you can know for sure. Knowing your status is also important because it helps you make healthy decisions to prevent getting or transmitting HIV. HIV testing is a normal part of life and if everyone else is doing it, you can too!”
Learn more here: http://www.cdc.gov/actagainstaids/campaigns/doingit/gettested/index.html

“Start Talking. Stop HIV.”
This campaign, sponsored by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), encourages gay and bisexual men to talk openly about HIV testing, their HIV status condom use, and medicines that help prevent and treat HIV: http://www.cdc.gov/actagainstaids/campaigns/starttalking/index.html

Check out “Positive Spin”, a digital storytelling campaign about five real black, gay men who are living with HIV. https://positivespin.hiv.gov/

If you want to learn more about current campaigns and actions you can take, have a look at the Aids Gov. website: https://www.aids.gov/federal-resources/campaigns/

 

 

 

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