It's the 1st of December. No! Yesterday's the first, today's the second! What's SO great about that? Mind me, it's 1st of December; the World AIDS Day! In general, what's AIDS?? Let's cut this short; AIDS is caused by a virus; HIV; human immunodeficiency virus. HIV weakens the body's natural defense against illness. It is 100% uncurable but 100% preventable! However, you can't get HIV from hugging, shaking hands, using bathrooms or drinking from the water fountain.
Based on AVERT, World AIDS Day was originally organised by UNAIDS. However, in 2005 UNAIDS handed over the responsibility for World AIDS Day to an independent organisation known as The World AIDS Campaign (WAC). The WAC’s slogan for their work is "Stop AIDS; Keep the Promise", which is an appeal to governments, policy makers and regional health authorities to ensure that they meet the many targets that have been set in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
This campaign will run until 2010, with a related theme chosen for World AIDS Day each year. World AIDS Day themes over the years have included:
- 2006 - Stop AIDS; Keep the Promise
- 2005 - Stop AIDS; Keep the Promise
- 2004 - Women, Girls, HIV and AIDS
- 2003 - Stigma & Discrimination
- 2002 - Stigma & Discrimination
- 2001 - I care. Do you?
- 2000 - AIDS : Men make a difference
- 1999 - Listen, Learn, Live: World AIDS Campaign with Children & Young People
- 1998 - Force for Change: World AIDS Campaign With Young People
- 1997 - Children Living in a World with AIDS
- 1996 - One World, One Hope
- 1995 - Shared Rights, Shared Responsibilities
- 1994 - AIDS & the Family
- 1993 - Act
- 1992 - Community Commitment
- 1991 - Sharing the Challenge
- 1990 - Women & AIDS
- 1989 - Youth
- 1988 - Communication
What is the real purpose of getting and showing off the red ribbon? Based on the info from AVERT again, the red ribbon is an international symbol of AIDS awareness that is worn by people all year round and particularly around World AIDS Day to demonstrate care and concern about HIV and AIDS, and to remind others of the need for their support and commitment.
Show your support for World AIDS Day by wearing the Virtual Red Ribbon online if you can't wear it on your clothe. Raise awareness of HIV and AIDS in your area, get your friends, family, colleagues or pupils to express their feelings and expand their knowledge about AIDS or you can even donate funds to help valuable AIDS work to continue! Quite simply, helping AIDS charities saves people's lives. Join the campaigns; Red Carnival (Sungai Wang on 2nd & 3rd of December) or Red gLOVE (Zouk on 8th of December, Maison on 17th of December), which is organized by PT Foundation in conjunction with International World AIDS Day 2006. Piece of advice; prepare some small change to pay the lil bunnies as donations for the funding for AIDS welfare. You'll get a free red ribbon, postcards and mini calenders from the bunnies!
Fatass Mich and Molly did get us those freebies. Red ribbons!!! Fattie Rufus gets a "fatter-red ribbon". Hurray!!! We, doggies wear those red ribbons on our coats once we got them! Hmm, what are you humans waiting for? Mind wearing one? GO GET ONE!
Besides, if you're a computer-internet junkie, feel free to browse around these websites to find out more about AIDS; AVERT, PT Foundation, AIDS 2006 Youth Site, . You can make a difference on World AIDS Day!
Sources from Florida's Next, PT Foundation, World AIDS Day 2006, AVERT, International AIDS Society.