To commemorate World AIDS Day and the importance of raising awareness, being educated on the topic and having an appreciation for the progress that has occurred, here are some facts about World AIDS Day you may not have known!
• In 1981 the first documented HIV/AIDS cases were reported by the Center for Disease Control. Seven years later December 1 was termed World AIDS Day.
• “In the first year, 270 people reportedly died from what would later be diagnosed as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in the United States.”
• From 1981 – present those dying from HIV/AIDS has drastically risen to 630,000 deaths in the United States and more than 25 million deaths worldwide.
• “The 2000s brought more advances in treatment as the highly complicated pharmaceutical “cocktails” were replaced by much simpler medication regimes with far fewer side effects.”
• “Only 2 percent of babies born to HIV positive mothers who are undergoing active care and treatment contract the disease; down from a 25 percent occurrence when the mother is not treated.”
• “The two most common tests are the rapid test that provides results in 15-20 minutes following a non-invasive mouth swab, and the standard blood test, which may take up to a week to receive results. Both of these tests look for the presence of HIV antibodies, your body’s reaction to infection, and may not be positive until a month after infection. There is also an HIV Early Test, which uses a blood sample to detect HIV as early as 72 hours after infection.”
• “With so much progress it is easy to forget that every year approximately 2 million people die from HIV/AIDS and 2.7 million people are newly infected worldwide. About 1.1 million people are living with HIV/AIDS in the United States today. Sadly, 18 percent of those don’t even know they are infected.”
• Among those most affected by HIV are “Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) of all races and ethnicities.” Injection drug users are also at high risk. Please join us in uniting the campus community to fight against HIV, show our support for those living with HIV, and remember those we have lost. We hope to see you this week!
DEC 4: In Office HIV/AIDS Bootcamp Program
“A crash course in the biology, history and politics of HIV/AIDS”
Begins at 7:00 PM
Location: SOL Office (333 East Campus Mall, Suite 3143)
DEC 6: Plan B’s Red Party
Begins at 9:00 PM
Location: Plan B
Cover: 18-20 $10, 21+ $5; come in red 18-20 $5, 21+ FREE!!!
** This is a Plan B event, Sex Out Loud will only be tabling to offer safer sex supplies and learning materials in support of World AIDS Day (Week)