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December 1, 2008

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World AIDS Day & REDWire

by quaesitor

The problem with ribbons, bracelets and t-shirt campaigns is that they are two-a-penny which dilutes the impact somewhat. Which is why they’ve become politically correct. And that is a crying shame. But today is World AIDS day – and so here is a virtual ribbon to make the point. Without being politically correct. Because AIDS is still an issue. Of appalling proportions, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.

I’ll never forget organising a 2-day workshop at the college i taught at in Uganda to help these potential pastors know how to care for those with HIV/AIDS. The main trainer started the seminar off by asking how many people had seen family members die of AIDS related illnesses. EVERY HAND WENT UP. Knowing people who have since died of it, has brought it home hard.

Here are some stats (courtesy of the World AIDS Day website):

In the UK

People living with HIV:

  • More than 80,000 people living with HIV in the UK
  • One in three people with HIV are undiagnosed
  • One in every 360 pregnant women in the UK is HIV positive

New HIV cases in 2007:

  • 7,700 new diagnoses in the UK in 2007
  • 2,700 new diagnoses among men who have sex with men
  • 3,500 new diagnoses among people from black and minority ethnic communities

In the World

People living with HIV:

  • 33 million people living with HIV worldwide
  • 30.8 million adults
  • 15.5 million women
  • 2.0 million children under 15

New HIV cases in 2007:

  • 2.7 million total new cases
  • 2.3 million adults
  • 370,000 children under 15

HIV-related deaths in 2007:

  • 2.0 million total deaths

Here is something quite cool that will help a little bit. Check it out… Sign up, get music, help the work…

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