Tuesday, December 1, 2009

World AIDS Day - 2009

World AIDS Day - December 1, 2009

HIV/AIDS has cut a swath of destruction across the globe—infecting more than 60 million people, leaving 14 million orphans in sub-Saharan Africa alone. But a global movement to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS, along with scientific breakthroughs in treatment, have reversed the momentum in recent years. For those living with HIV in Africa, just two pills at 40 cents a day can bring a recovery so miraculous it’s known as the Lazarus Effect. Watch the transformation of lives in this video.

Thanks to the efforts of The Global Fund and other organizations around the globe, the number of people in low and middle-income countries receiving these medicines has increased ten-fold over 5 years. But fewer than half of those in need of treatment have access. And the number of new HIV infections continues to outstrip the numbers on treatment: for every two people starting treatment, five become infected with the virus.

Taking action has never been easier. Google's World AIDS Day page offers plenty of options:
Show your support in other ways, too. On Twitter, from approx. 4 am EST (for 24 hours), include #red to turn your tweets the color red; if you like, follow @joinred. And on Tuesday night (December 1) starting at 8pm EST, watch a live Alicia Keys concert on YouTube benefiting Keep a Child Alive.

Check out these retailers who are donating:

STARBUCKS: Will contribute 5 cents for every hand-crafted beverage in US & Canada, and 5p/5 Euro cents for every espresso-based beverage bought in UK & Ireland on Dec 1

GAP: Will contribute 1% of all revenue at participating US and Canada stores on Dec 1

DELL: Will be doubling their contributions on DELL (PRODUCT) RED™ products in US, UK and Japan for the full week of Nov 26 to Dec 2

And as always BUGABOO will be contributing 1% of their total revenue to the Global Fund.

**There is no reason to not have yourself tested! We CAN stop this epidemic!**

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