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01 December 2010 @ 10:08 am
Today is World AIDS Day!  
Today is World AIDS Day and it’s probably one of the awareness days closest to my heart, if not to say the one which is absolutely closest to my heart. I am part of the queer community and during my time as a conference organiser (quite a few of which were HIV/AIDS conferences), I met quite a few people who were infected in the 1970s/80s when no one knew what the hell was going on, people who have seen their friends die, people who have faced and still face discrimination and are stigmatised because of their illness.

The number of new infections each year is still shockingly high 30 years later (2.7 million people worldwide in 2007; 7,298 new diagnoses in the UK in 2008; over a quarter of people with HIV in the UK are undiagnosed).
I had a bit of a look around and found a mailing list/website for bareback parties in Berlin, where in the rules they explicitly mention various STDs but never once HIV/AIDS. Unbelievable.

HIV/AIDS can be prevented and is treatable. If only knowledge, education and treatment was available to everyone who needs it. This year's motto for the World AIDS Day is "Universal Access and Human Rights". Have a look:

Spread awareness to keep the disease from spreading:

1. Wear the ribbon
for example, this one:
(please don't hotlink, thank you! :))

2. Post the video on your personal LJ, in your common rooms, wherever:

3. Please link us to other videos, information, websites that you find worth sharing. That would be much appreciated.

Care for some further reading? (a lot of it) The 2010 UNAIDS report

Want to test your knowledge on HIV/AIDS? AVERT has a quiz to test your knowledge.

On the World AIDS Day website, you will find (among many other things; be sure to have a look at the website), a list of common myths about HIV/AIDS.
Nathanielnathaniel_hp on December 1st, 2010 09:22 am (UTC)
Create your own World AIDS Day poster
Bloody Jack Flint: Alicerhye on December 1st, 2010 10:04 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for this! I've made some banners and icons as well. Anyone can feel free to use them:

Nathanielnathaniel_hp on December 1st, 2010 10:10 am (UTC)
Oh great, thanks for sharing! <3
the specialest damn snowflakewhomp on December 1st, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
Those banners are excellent.

Thanks for the reminder Nathaniel, I made a post on my journal.
Annamk_tortie on December 1st, 2010 01:41 pm (UTC)
I've reposted! The attitude in the UK these days is still pretty bizarre - a lot of people have this 'not going to happen to me' attitude, and I think most YAs/teens are more worried about getting chlamydia etc than HIV. I definitely think full STD-screening every time you're considering a new partner needs to be promoted more, not just 'do you want a chlamydia test?' everytime anyone vaguely young-looking steps into Boots...
Nathanielnathaniel_hp on December 1st, 2010 02:02 pm (UTC)
Yes, I think that type of attitude is pretty much the norm these days, especially among young(er) people. And I even get that there are more pressing issues in fighting HIV/AIDS, such as ensuring access to treatment everywhere. But it would be so easy to get new infections under control if people did stop and think for a second.
The fact that e.g. in Europe or in the US, you'd be able to live a fairly comfortable life even with the disease, doesn't take into consideration the social stigma that you'll have to face. And I think that's something people don't usually consider.

Thank you for reposting! :)
Jasminecyshobbitlass on December 1st, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting this. Added the twibbon and am going to post one of the banners.

My aunt passed away from AIDS ten years ago. AIDS is still real.