According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 34 million people living with HIV. During 2011 some 2.5 million people became newly infected with the virus, including an estimated 390,000 children. Despite a significant decline in the estimated number of AIDS-related deaths over the last five years, there were still an estimated 1.7 million AIDS-related deaths in 2011.
The vast majority of people with HIV and AIDS live in low- and middle-income countries. But HIV today is a threat to men, women and children on all continents around the world. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35.
Started in 1988, World AIDS Day is not, but about raising awareness, fighting prejudice, and improving education. It is important for all of us to observe this day -- to reminding people that HIV has not gone away and that there are many things still to be done.
Join The Center in Asbury Park at a Service of Remembrance, Healing and Hope on December 1 at 7:30pm at Trinity Church, Asbury Avenue and Grand Avenue.
Prior to The Service, at 6:30pm, there will be a Candlelight Walk from The Center (806 Third Ave) to Trinity Church. Join US!