Tomorrow is World AIDS Day, the day where the global community honors those who have succumbed to AIDS and promises to work toward a greater future for those who are currently living with HIV/AIDS as well as take necessary steps to create an AIDS-free generation.
UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, recently released a new report featuring global statistics about the current state of HIV/AIDS. The good news is new cases have been reduced to 2.5 million, down from 3.1 million new cases reported in 2001. Also, last year 1.7 million people died from AIDS-related causes, down considerably 24% since 2005. These statistics are great news for those in the global health community who work tirelessly to create an AIDS-free generation, but more must be done. Science and research for more favorable treatment outcomes must be increased and more country commitments for greater therapy and treatment services for those who are living with HIV/AIDS must be ramped up.
Yesterday, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled the PEPFAR Blueprint, she said the United States would continue to support the Global Fund, the funding entity that provides grants to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria and is also committed to funding more science and research to guide their effectiveness ans sustainability to reach an AIDS-free generation.
The greatest movement in positive HIV/AIDS statistics is being seen with newborns. New infections in babies was down 43% since 2003 and 24% since 2009 according to UNAIDS. Organizations like the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation are working to get that number to zero. Why? One hundred percent of all mother-to-child transmission of HIV are preventable. The key is to make sure women know their status before they deliver their babies so they receive the necessary medicines and treatments that ensure their babies will be born HIV negative.
Quick and Simple Ways to Be a Part of World AIDS Day
- You can add a World AIDS Day Twibbon to your Twitter and/or Facebook profile.
- Join the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Thunderclap to use Twitter to spread their message on World AIDS Day.
- Add your photo and message to the Facing AIDS gallery.
- Donate to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation to ensure babies are born HIV free.
- Help your readers find testing services and providers by adding a widget or badge to your site.
- Buy a product (RED) item from tees to iPad cases.