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Today is World AIDS Day

December 1st, 2011

Get ready to become aware! It’s World AIDS Day and everywhere, people are wearing a red ribbon to remind everyone else this disease is still affecting millions of men, women and children with no cure in site. MuchMusic is a proud media partner of the Canadian Federation for AIDS Research (CANFAR).

When someone asks you what World AIDS Day is all about, here’s what you can tell them:

CANFAR-funded researchers have discovered:

A critical component of the HIV treatment that is keeping millions alive today;
Findings that have nearly eliminated the risk of HIV transmission between a mother and her baby; and
A vaccine candidate that is able to reduce, and in some cases prevent, HIV progression.

Now that’s progress. But it’s still not a cure. Here are some staggering facts about AIDS:

34 million people worldwide are living with HIV. 2.5 million are children.
Every 16 seconds, someone around the world dies of AIDS.
Every 12 seconds, someone around the world is infected with HIV.
Half of HIV-positive adults globally are women.
65,000 Canadians are living with HIV.
A quarter of Canadians with HIV are not aware they’re infected.
Young adults (aged 20-29) account for a quarter of all Canadians diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.
2011 marks 30 years since AIDS was first medically recognized.

Wear red and spread the word: Donate to AIDS research.

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