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8 Things to Do on World AIDS Day

November 30, 2013 3 minute Read by Rachel Tatro

World AIDS Day, held December 1 every year, is "an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died."

Below are a few ways to learn more and to show your support for those affected by HIV/AIDS.

8 Things to do on World AIDS Day

  1. Companies you interact with everyday are committing to fight HIV/AIDS. Read more from leaders at Bank Of America here.
  2. Share your photos and messages in the #FacingAIDS photo gallery
  3. Read and share ONE’s  2013 AIDS Report: Tracking global progress toward the beginning of the end of AIDS and their infographic World AIDS Day, 25 Years Later: What Have we Learned?
  4. Get up to date on the latest information by reading and sharing:

    UNAIDS: AIDS by the numbers
    - Out of the 35.3 Million people living with HIV worldwide, 9.7 million people are accessing treatment. #WorldAIDSday @UNAIDS
    - Every Hour 50 young women are newly infected with HIV. #WorldAIDSday @UNAIDS
    - 52% decrease in new HIV infections in children since 2001 #WorldAIDSday @UNAIDS
    - 29% decrease in AIDS related deaths since 2005 #WorldAIDSday @UNAIDS

    UNAIDS: Challenges by the numbers
    - 60% of countries have laws, regulations or policies that block effective HIV services for key populations and vulnerable groups. #WorldAIDSday @UNAIDS
    - Out of the 28.6 million people who needed treatment in 2013, only 34% had access. #WorldAIDSday @UNAIDS
    - 1.25 million children who needed access to treatment in 2012 did not receive it. #WorldAIDSday @UNAIDS
  5. Learn about how organizations like World Vision are working to provide support to mothers and children, including orphans, who are HIV positive. Support can help provide medications to pregnant HIV positive women who are committed to doing everything they can to ensure that their babies are born HIV free.
  6. Dance your way to increased awareness about the global fight against AIDS by adding Dance (RED) Saves Lives, Vol. 2 to your iTunes playlist
  7. See the significant impact that the generosity of the American people has made on the fight against HIV/AIDS through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), created under President Bush’s leadership in 2003. PEPFAR is the single largest effort by any one country to fight a single disease, and the results are staggering.  
  8. Watch the Lazarus Effect on YouTube.