By Trinay Blake
Nov. 29, 2007
HIV/AIDS is a global epidemic, which crosses the boundaries of race and culture. The 2006 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic states that an estimated 38.6 million [33.4 million–46.0 million] people worldwide were living with HIV in 2005. An estimated 4.1 million [3.4 million–6.2 million] became newly infected with HIV and an estimated 2.8 million [2.4 million–3.3 million] succumbed to AIDS.
The Center for Disease Control reported that in 2005 an estimated 433,760 number of people are living with AIDS in the 50 states and the District. In this same report, the CDC estimates that 17,011 people died from AIDS. Advances in treatment, education and awareness have helped decrease the spread of the disease and allow people to live a longer, fuller life with the disease.
“The CDC website has one of the most comprehensive websites for information about World Aids Day and HIV/AIDS prevention in the country,” David Wilson said. “They have tools, and resources that are specific to every state, community, and town.”
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration employees in Rockville, Md., will take part in a two-hour ceremony to learn about HIV/AIDS awareness. David Wilson said, “The agency also funds over 300 organizations across the county who focus on HIV/AIDS and substance abuse prevention. Each of these agencies are required to have a WAD observance activity in their community.”
Several organizations in the District are marking the day with free HIV testing clinics, a photography exhibit, and ministry events. Access the complete list of events here.
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