Friday, December 01, 2006

World AIDS Day

Support World AIDS Day

Today is the official World AIDS Day. A day meant to remind us that even with the medical progress made in the fight against this pandemic, people are still getting infected. Some because of their life style, unprotected sexual relations, syringe exchange. Others are infected through sexual violence. And many children are infected because of mother-child transmission or because they are in the care of an infected parent.

During 2005, an estimated 700,000 children around the world were newly infected with HIV. More than 80% of these infections occurred in sub-Saharan Africa, although Asia and the Caribbean are also seeing increases in the number of children infected with HIV. Most of these children - as many as 90% - acquired the infection from their mothers during pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding

This pandemic is changing the life of millions of children in Sub-Saharan Africa. More than 15 million children around the world have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS and some of them are head of family at an age where they should be enjoying childhood. Everyday 6000 children are orphaned by AIDS.

So let’s not forget these poor children and if you can donate to help, please do it on this UNICEF web site or on the WorldVision site.

You can also help by buying any product from companies participating in the RED campaign launched by Irish rock star Bono, Companies like Apple and Motorola are participating. You can find a list of the products here.

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