The World AIDS campaign has many posters, toolkits and other materials to help curb the impact of the disease and can be found on the world AIDS website.
Locally, we can find a support community coming together to honor those living with HIV and having AIDS tonight. This is the release from the city of Laredo:
WORLD AIDS DAY: A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
Laredo, TX – The City of Laredo Health Department (CLHD) cordially invites the public to “A Day of Remembrance,” a special event to commemorate World Aids Day with a candle light vigil and proclamation. Everyone is also encouraged to bring a “Holiday Remembrance Ornament” to be placed on the Remembrance Tree during the event.
As we pause to reflect on the toll of HIV during this 22nd anniversary of World AIDS Day, we must not forget that the fight against this devastating disease is far from over. HIV remains a significant threat to the health and well-being of multiple communities, including Laredo. The most recent CDC data indicates that more than 1.1 million Americans live with HIV, and half of all new HIV infections in the U.S. are among young Americans under the age of 25. Even though there is better treatment there are several co-morbidities than have made HIV/AIDS even more serious.
WHAT: “A Day of Remembrance” World Aids Day Candlelight Vigil and Proclamation
WHEN: Wednesday, December 01, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: City of Laredo Health Department, 2600 Cedar Avenue, Laredo, TX 78040
WHY: On this World AIDS Day, we are all reminded that we must do more – as individuals, as communities and as a nation – to stop HIV/AIDS. We must relieve the burden of HIV in African-American and Latino communities by reaching them with effective prevention programs. We must confront the complex issues that keep gay and bisexual men at risk. We must arm our youth with the knowledge, skills and confidence to prevent HIV throughout their lives. Above all, we must not give up until this fight is won.
The City of Laredo Health Department (CLHD) offers three different types of HIV testing, evidence based intervention, early intervention services, housing opportunities for persons with AIDS, HIV care services, and HIV/AIDS bi-national coalition to strengthen HIV efforts between Texas and Mexico. Free, anonymous rapid testing is available at Health Department LETS Program on a walk-in basis; results are available within 30 minutes.
For more information about free safe, fast HIV testing, call 795-4905.
Miss Universe, Ximena Navarrete has this 2010 message for everyone: