December 1st Is "World AIDS Day"
December 1, 2000
World AIDS Day
was first observed on December 1, 1988, after an international summit of health ministers called for a new spirit of social tolerance and a greater exchange of information on HIV/AIDS. This day of observance serves to strengthen global efforts to address the challenges of the AIDS epidemic, which continues to spread throughout every region of the world.
This year's World AIDS Day theme, "AIDS: All Men -- Make a Difference!" focuses on men's ability and responsibility to exert powerful influence in the struggle against HIV/AIDS. It calls on men around the world to embrace a new leadership role not only in prevention, but also in the care of their children and other loved ones whose lives are affected by AIDS.
In recognition of World AIDS Day, the American Association for World Health (AAWH) developed a resource booklet. This booklet contains HIV/AIDS statistics, fact sheets, activities, projects, and suggestions for creating new HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention programs. It also includes an extensive list of resources such as national hotlines, service organizations, and state and territorial contacts.
To receive the resource booklet:
This article was provided by Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States. It is a part of the publication SHOP Talk: School Health Opportunities and Progress Bulletin.