Today marks the 21st anniversary of World AIDS Day

Today marks the 21st anniversary of World AIDS Day and is an important

reminder that HIV has not gone away, and that there is much more to be done.

Started on December 1, 1988, World AIDS Day is about raising money, increasing

awareness, fighting prejudice and improving AIDS prevention education.

It is estimated that there are 33.4 million men, women and children around the world

living with HIV of which 2.1 million are children. 2.7 million people became newly

infected in 2008 and 2 million people died.

Half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 years of age

and are killed by AIDS before they reach 35.

The vast majority of people with HIV and AIDS live in lower income countries.

But HIV today is a threat to men, women and children on all continents around the world.

Please give AMFAR or a charity of your choice the much needed money

for continuing a search for a cure and to support the fight to prevent it.

Give thought... share a prayer... donate.

Make it a hopeful dia!

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