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Observing World AIDS Day
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/01/12
Last updated on: 12/01/12
 
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World AIDS Day calls attention to the history of the disease and to the plight of those who suffer from it. The first observance of World AIDS Day occurred on December 1, 1988. It was originally sponsored by UNAIDS (the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS), but since 2005 the project has been administered by an independent organization, The World AIDS Campaign.

President Obama has issued the following proclamation designating December 1, 2012 World AIDS Day in the United States.

"Today, we reflect on the strides we have taken toward overcoming HIV/AIDS, honor those who have made our progress possible, and keep in our thoughts all those who have known the devastating consequences of this illness. The road toward an AIDS-free generation is long--but as we mark this important observance, let us also remember that if we move forward every day with the same passion, persistence, and drive that has brought us this far, we can reach our goal. We can beat this disease. On World AIDS Day, in memory of those no longer with us and in solidarity with all who carry on the fight, let us pledge to make that vision a reality.

"NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States do hereby proclaim December 1, 2012, as World AIDS Day. I urge the Governors of the States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of the other territories subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and the American people to join me in appropriate activities to remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS and to provide support and comfort to those living with this disease."

More information about AIDS and World AIDS Day may be found here.

The video below was produced by World AIDS Day Detroit.

San Francisco videographer Sean Chapin created the video below commemorating the AIDS memorial quilt 25 years after it was first stitched together in 1987.

The video below, from ONE.org, reminds us that we each can make a difference in the fight against AIDS.

 
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