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bobkee
01-12-2005, 01:15 PM
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Today is World AIDS Day - the international day of action on HIV and AIDS which takes place every year on 1 December.

Some Facts about AIDS/HIV

HIV is one of the biggest social, economic and health challenges in the world. It is a global emergency claiming over 8,000 lives every day. In fact 5 people die of AIDS every minute.

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. This is the virus known to cause AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). If someone is HIV-positive, it means they have been infected with the virus.

A person infected with HIV does not have AIDS until the virus seriously damages their immune system, making them vulnerable to a range of infections, some of which can lead to death.

HIV is transmitted through body fluids in particular blood, semen, vaginal secretions and breast milk, in fact there are only four ways you can become HIV positive.

In 2005, over 3 million people acquired HIV, which means there are now over 40 million people living with HIV and AIDS. Despite best efforts from governments, non-profit organisations and healthcare practitioners around the world, HIV and AIDS is still having huge global impact.

AIDS Statistics in Malaysia (as of Dec 2004)


60,621 people have reported HIV-positive since the first case in 1986.

2,609 new cases were reported in 2004; an average of 14.7 new infections each day.

More than 32% of reported HIV cases are men and women between the ages of 20 and 39 years old.

6,523 people have died of AIDS in Malaysia.

source : Malaysian AIDS Foundation (http://malaysianaidsfoundation.org.my), Ministry of Health, Malaysia

Some Events That You Can Participate In


Pameran Kesedaran HIV/AIDS
- Organised by Majlis Belia Malaysia

1 - 3 December 2005
Alam Sentral, Shah Alam
11.00 am - 9.00 pm (3 days)

Besides AIDS exhibition, a gigantic ribbon using bottle caps will be produced, as well as a stage performance carrying AIDS theme and AIDS quizzes to engage the public.
AIDS/HIV Awareness Campaign
- Organised by the PT Foundation

3 - 4 Dec 2005
Sg Wang Plaza, Bkt Bintang, KL
(2 .00 - 6.00 pm)

Targets the public in a high-traffic area, provides an alternate avenue for the public to seek HIV/AIDS info as well as counseling. The project is in collaboration with UNDP Malaysia team.

More Details

For more details on AIDS/HIV awareness campaigns or information on how you can help as a volunteer, contact the Malaysian AIDS Council (http://www.mac.org.my/) or Tenaganita (http://www.tenaganita.net/).

If any of you folks know of more events or other organisations involved in increasing awareness and advocacy for AIDS/HIV, do post it in this thread.