Today, 1 December 2013, is World AIDS Day. The Red Ribbon is designated to be the colour to support this cause. The purpose of World AIDS Day is to get people to be acting aware, which also means finding out the facts about HIV and using this knowledge to protect yourself and others from HIV infection.
Some Facts About World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.
Around an estimated 34 million people have HIV globally. More than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
Today, many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. But despite this, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others from HIV, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with HIV. World AIDS Day is important as it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.
Here are a few more quick facts about HIV:
- Over 90% of people with HIV were infected through sexual contact
- You can now get tested for HIV using a saliva sample
- HIV is not passed on through spitting, biting or sharing utensils
- Only 1% of babies born to HIV positive mothers have HIV
- There is no vaccine and no cure for HIV
Your can learn more about HIV here.
In conjunction with World AIDS Day, we are giving away a i-Blason Apache Series Slim Fit Snap On Hard Back Case for the BlackBerry Z10 in RED.
How to stand a chance to win this? Just comment on this post with the answer to the question: How fast can you get an result of a HIV test?
Whilst of course the Official BerryReview rules applies, this contest will be open to international users, not only U.S. and Canada users.