23 November, 2011
At the end of 2010 it was estimated that there were about 34 million people living with HIV worldwide, and although global rates of HIV infection have fallen dramatically, there were still around 2.7 million new HIV infections last year and about 1.8 million people died of AIDS related illnesses. Nevertheless, measures such as improved medical treatment prevented an estimated 700,000 deaths in 2010. Here in Australia, where transmission occurs primarily through sexual contact between men, the number of new cases of HIV infection diagnosed is now stable at around 1000 per year.
Wherever we live we can combat AIDS by “respect and protect”. By respecting and protecting ourselves and others we can stop the spread of the HIV and put an end to prejudice. Check out the World AIDS Day website at www.worldaidsday.org and two excellent Australian websites www.worldaidsdaynsw.org and www.worldaidsday.org.au
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