Tues., Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day, an opportunity for people to work actively and collaboratively with partners around the world to raise awareness about HIV and help us move closer to the goal of an AIDS-free generation. This year’s theme, “The Time to Act Is Now,” calls us to act with urgency to implement the latest high-impact, evidence-based HIV prevention strategies” (CDC 2015).
Please pick up your free RED ribbon at the Advising and Counseling Department, Room 5229 to support HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.
HIV/AIDS The Basics (NIH)
Facts (CDC 2015)
Approximately 2 million new cases of HIV in 2014 world wide.
Approximately 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the United States, and 1 in 8 don’t know it.
15 million people living with HIV were receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) as of March 2015.
An estimated 1.2 million people died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2014.
39 million people worldwide have died of AIDS-related causes since the epidemic began.
“There’s no vaccine to prevent HIV infection and no cure for AIDS. But it’s possible to protect yourself and others from infection. That means educating yourself about HIV and avoiding any behavior that allows HIV-infected fluids — blood, semen, vaginal secretions and breast milk — into your body” (Mayo Clinic 2015, Lifelong AIDS Alliance 2015, CDC 2015).
Community Resource Director
There are resources in the community (Lifelong AIDS Alliance 2015) – Seattle
Yvonne L. Terrell-Powell, Ph.D., LMHC
Director, Center for Equity and Engagement, Counseling Services and High School Programs
Shoreline Community College