Today is World AIDS Day

Today is World Aids Day, the international annual movement to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and promote prevention and the search for a cure. Since 1987, December 1st has marked World Aids Day and the President of the Unites States has made a proclamation on this day since 1995.

In 2009 alone, more than 700,000 HIV-positive pregnant women received treatment to prevent them from passing HIV onto their children. This method of HIV prevention, which has enabled millions of babies to be born HIV-free, is the result of amfAR-funded research.

Even though more people are aware and taking preventative measures against HIV, there is still a ways to go. U.S. government researchers say guidelines making AIDS tests part of routine care have helped more Americans get tested. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say nearly 83 million Americans have been tested for HIV. But CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden says 200,000 Americans are infected with the virus and do not know it.

The good news is every one out there can do their part to help this cause. On this World AIDS Day, achieving an HIV-free generation must be a top priority.

I have read and signed the petition: “Commemorate World AIDS Day”.

Please take a moment to read about this important issue, and join me in signing the petition. It takes just 30 seconds, but can truly make a difference. We are trying to reach 15000 signatures – please sign here:

Mark World AIDS Day 2010 by keeping the light on HIV and human rights — join the Light For Rights campaign. The Light For Rights campaign strives to underscore this year’s focus on HIV and human rights by encouraging people in cities around the world to dim the lights on key landmarks to remember the devastating affect AIDS has had on us all, and to turn back on the lights to illuminate the fundamental rights we all share.