30 years have passed since AIDS was first detected in 1981, and the virus that causes it was identified in 1984, ensuring today’s generation of young adults reached sexual maturity well after peak in public concern over HIV/AIDS. It is 2010 and still no cure for AIDS. It is no longer acceptable to not know one’s own health status in a world with advance technology and advance medications. There is still no cure for HIV and there has never been a cure. Most folks don’t know there HIV status and has never been tested. Take the pledge and get to know your HIV status. Married and single folks should be getting tested periodically. It is the most empowering information any individual can have. Protect yourself by wearing condoms. Promote safer sex. Get treatment if your HIV positive. Receive benefits if you need treatment. This year the World AIDS Campaign is working to promote the Light for Rights campaign. Light for Rights events are taking place on every continent this World AIDS Day!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than one million people are living with HIV in the United States. One in five of those people is unaware of their infection. An estimated 56,300 people become infected with HIV and more than 18,000 people with AIDS die each year in the U.S. World Aids Day has been held on December 1 every year since 1988.
Rapid HIV Testing – With an estimated one out of five HIV-positive Americans unaware of their infection, increased opportunities for testing are critical.