Celebrating World AIDS Day through awareness and support
This article originally appeared on the another jennifer blog
On this 25th World AIDS Day (December 1), ONE has released the 2013 AIDS Report: The Beginning of the End? Tracking Global Commitments on AIDS, Volume 2.
As you'll see in the infographic below, we've come a long way since the first World AIDS Day in 1998. Sixteen countries in Africa have reached the "tipping point," which happens when the number of new HIV infections is surpassed by the number of people newly added to treatment.
The report tracks progress toward 3 key targets - the elimination of mother-to-child transmission, 15m people on treatment, and a drastic reduction in new HIV infections - and assesses what top donors are contributing toward this progress. The difference from last year's report is that far more attention is paid to the progress achieved in sub-Saharan Africa.
A key takeaway from the report is that we need to stop referring to "AIDS in Africa" because a one size fits all approach does not work. While 16 countries reaching the tipping point is great news, others are far behind.
According to ONE, if current rates of acceleration continue, we could achieve the beginning of the end of AIDS – when the number of people newly added to treatment surpasses the number newly infected with HIV – by 2015.
What you can do to celebrate World AIDS Day and support The Global Fund to fight AIDS
- Download DANCE (RED), SAVE LIVES2, a brand new compilation album featuring the world’s biggest dance artists and huge names from the world of pop, from iTunes. The album features tracks from artists such as Katy Perry, Tommy Trash, Empire of The Sun, Calvin Harris, Tiësto, Coldplay, Swedish House Mafia, Robin Thicke and Martin Solveig. ALL proceeds from the album go directly to the Global Fund to fight AIDS on the ground in Africa.
- Shop your favorite (RED) products on the (FAB)RED store on fab.com starting on December 1st. Make sure to place your orders by December 16th to qualify for holiday shipping!
- Swing by Starbucks for a beverage or two. (STARBUCKS)RED will donate 10 cents on every hand-crafted beverage purchased at any Starbucks store throughout the US and Canada! This one's a no-brainer, I'm pretty sure.
- Buy some beats for a special someone on your shopping list. (BEATS BY DRE)RED is turning their red-colored Pill speaker, (RED) on World AIDS Day. Every purchase of the re-colored pill on this day could help provide 12 days of life-saving HIV medicine.
- Check out all the amazing (RED) products on RED.org
- Read the Executive Summary or Download the Full Report from ONE.org (in case you missed these links earlier)
- Share this post and spread awareness on World AIDS Day!
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