World Awareness Day started on 1st December 1988. It is more then the issue of raising money. It is about increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. World AIDS Day is important in reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done.
The estimate now for people living with HIV has topped 33.2 million people (2.5 million are children). Last year 2.5 million people became newly infected with the virus. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35.
According to BlackHealthCare.com, the AIDS epidemic is growing most rapidly among minority populations and is a leading killer of African-American males. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the prevalence of AIDS is six times higher in African-Americans and three times higher among Hispanics than among whites.
Is the reason that it is growing in the African American Community due to non-education? I don't think so. I think many people have become desensitized to the issue. Promiscuity is on the rise in our culture. Another factor to consider is that AIDS is a progressive disease. So people that contracted the disease 10 years ago are now just showing signs of the symptoms.
Since no vaccine for HIV is available, the only way to prevent infection by the virus is to avoid behaviors that put a person at risk of infection, such as sharing needles and having unprotected sex.Beware, long term relationships DO NOT STOP YOU FROM GETTING AIDS!
If you suspect your partner is cheating- GET TESTED!