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Preface

December 1, 2000

World AIDS Day 2000

The goal of the World AIDS Day 2000 theme "AIDS: All men -- Make a difference!" is to encourage all men to increase their awareness of the risk of HIV/AIDS infection for themselves, their partners, and their families and to use their influence to help stem the tide of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The theme was adapted from the year's World AIDS Day topic of Men and AIDS, which was selected by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

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. World AIDS Day, observed annually on December 1, serves to strengthen global efforts to address the challenges of the AIDS epidemic, which continues to spread throughout every region of the world. In recognition of the growing complexities of the HIV/AIDS global epidemic, UNAIDS unites global agencies in their response to HIV/AIDS.

Each year, the American Association for World Health, which is the U.S. Committee for the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization, coordinates efforts for World AIDS Day in the United States.

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This book was developed by the American Association for World Health to provide HIV/AIDS awareness and education information and to assist anyone who wishes to observe World AIDS Day. Some materials, such as the Fact Sheets, are designed to be photocopied for use in education and awareness programs. Other materials, such as the planning and activities sections, are primarily written for community leaders, whose leadership and local programs play a crucial role in delivering vital messages of hope and prevention that must be heard if we are to defeat the global epidemic of HIV/AIDS.

For HIV/AIDS information for the visually-impaired, call the CDC National Prevention Information Network (800-458-5231) for a Braille brochure entitled "Understanding AIDS," which provides basic information on HIV transmission and prevention. You can also contact Horizons for the Blind (847-836-1400), an organization that transcribes standard print HIV/AIDS-related reading materials into Braille. For other special language needs, see the Resources section near the back of this book.





  
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This article was provided by American Association for World Health. It is a part of the publication AIDS: All Men -- Make a Difference!.
 

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