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This coming December 1st, the world is set to celebrate World AIDS Day. With the theme "Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation", the day serves as an opportunity for people around the world to work and unite in the fight against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), show support for individuals with HIV, and remember those who have died. According to World AIDS Day’s official website, it is the first ever globe health celebration day, which started in 1988.?
The United States Department of Health and Human Services is highly involved in this advocacy, as evident in the site AIDS.gov, which is the main source of information for the event. The following objectives are listed:?
1. Expand visibility of timely and relevant Federal HIV policies, programs, and resources to the American public.?
2. Increase use of new media tools by government, minority, and other community partners to extend the reach of HIV programs to communities at greatest risk.?
3. Increase knowledge about HIV and access to HIV services for people most at-risk for, or living with, HIV.?
AIDS.gov lists some fast facts about HIV in the United States:?
– More than 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection, and almost 1 in 6 (15.8%) are unaware of their infection.?
– Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM), particularly young black/African American MSM, are most seriously affected by HIV.?
– By race, blacks/African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV.
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