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World AIDS Day

AIDS is still alive and well, continuing to ravage and kill. Today, December 1st, is the annual World AIDS Day. AIDS isn’t making daily headlines as it was a few years ago, but that doesn’t mean it’s gone away... not at all.

According to UNAIDS, there are an estimated 42 million people living with HIV today, with 5 million of them newly infected. And 3.1 million people have died from AIDS so far this year alone.

If you have a weblog, consider checking out to help spread the word that we need to stay aware and that each of us really can help the cause to eradicate AIDS. Wired News has an informative article about the difference weblogs and the Internet are making on spreading the word.

World AIDS Day, December 1, 2002. 'Link and Think' About HIV/AIDS -

Live and Let Live is the slogan of UNAIDS World AIDS Campaign 2002-2003, whose focus is on eliminating the stigma about AIDS. AIDS can and does attack our neighbors, our teenage children and their friends, housewives, men, women, and people of all ages all over the world. The UNAIDS World AIDS Campaign website has terrific information, materials, posters and more readily available, too.

Wired News recently reported about promising research at Rockefeller University, and a search at Google pops up plenty of links to AIDS research information.

If you wish to donate to AIDS research, there are plenty of AIDS-related foundations and research organizations around. Knowing which ones are legitimate may not be as easy, though. I took a look at The National Institute of Health’s Center for AIDS Research, which shows a map of Research Centers across the United States. I easily found the San Francisco Center’s Make A Gift page, for example, to make a donation, to make a pledge to donate at intervals of your choice, or whatever works.

Not everyone can donate money this year, but many can help spread awareness, write letters to congressman to encourage funding AIDS research, pray, or contribute in countless other ways to help eradicate AIDS.

Today is a good day to think about how you can help eradicate AIDS. Anything you do, no matter how insignificant you may think it is, really will make a difference.

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