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Join AIDS.gov in Facing AIDS for World AIDS Day

By the AIDS.gov Team

October 26, 2010

This article was cross-posted from the AIDS.gov blog.

Join AIDS.gov in Facing AIDS for World AIDS Day
For the past two years, we've asked people from across the country (and around the world) to share why they are Facing AIDS in honor of World AIDS Day, December 1.

Facing AIDS is an initiative based on a simple idea: we believe that we are stronger together, and that by sharing our faces and words we can make a difference in the response to HIV and AIDS. We can reduce stigma. We can promote testing. We can support the goals and vision of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy to make them a reality.

At AIDS.gov, we are Facing AIDS so that "The United States will become a place where new HIV infections are rare and when they do occur, every person, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or socio-economic circumstance, will have unfettered access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination." (National HIV/AIDS Strategy Vision Statement)

We kicked off Facing AIDS again this year at the U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA), and over 200 people stopped by, filled out a sign about why they are Facing AIDS, and took a photo in our photo booth -- check out our Flickr group to see what people had to say.

But USCA was just the beginning. Now it's up to all of us.

Check the video below which explains more about how Facing AIDS works.



Here's how it works:

Looking for inspiration? Check out the Facing AIDS video highlighting photos from last year, or look through the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and think about which parts resonate the most for you.

Interested in hosting a Facing AIDS event in your community? Here are some tools you can use to help plan or promote your event.

  • Facing AIDS "how-to" guide including a step-by-step plan [pdf (745 KB)]
  • Facing AIDS postcard [pdf (1.51 MB)]
  • Facing AIDS video from 2009.

Facing AIDS is an opportunity to promote HIV testing -- you can remind people that they can locate their local HIV testing sites by sending a text message to "KNOWIT" (566948) or by visiting www.AIDS.gov/locator for HIV prevention and service provider information.

Will you join us in Facing AIDS for World AIDS Day? Let us know what you are planning! Stay tuned for blog posts in the weeks to come about ways to take action for World AIDS Day (and beyond!).

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See Also
World AIDS Day News

Reader Comments:

Comment by: Dr Stephen Muketha (Nairobi Kenya Africa) Mon., Nov. 1, 2010 at 7:28 am EDT
"In order to raise awareness on the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, the World Health Organization established World Aids Day in 1988. Observed on December 1st, it is a chance for organizations and individuals to “demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic.” According to 2008 data from the United Nations, approximately 33 million people around the world are living with HIV.

In Africa Kenya Inter-Religious Aids Consortium ( KIRAC) was proposed and formed in 2001 with a wide mandate to co- ordinate HIV and AIDS Prevention, Care and Education, FBO’s country top leadership meet and draw resolutions on Faith Based Communities engagement in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Kenya.

Top leadership of the faith community in Kenya met on 20th November 2003 at Karen. Nairobi under the umbrella of the Kenya Inter Religious AIDS consortium and came up with a number of resolutions as a show or commitment to jointly fight HIV/AIDS, KIRAC worked with FBOs on a campaign with the message “Be pure. Safe sex is never wrong.” And be faithful in your Marriage is a philanthropic NGO that hopes the campaign will change the perception of purity – that to remain pure, all it takes is protection. Several artists volunteered their talent for the project, creating art for T-shirts, print media, and animation."

I'm very glad to be part of this selected group!!!
For more visit, www.kirac.or.ke
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