Make a Difference! World AIDS Day is coming on December 1st

A person dying from AIDS faces a horrible, painful death. In 2008, 2 million people died from this terrible disease, with 2.7 million people becoming newly infected, adding to the 33.4 million people already living with HIV, according to estimates. This means that the rate of infection is still growing!

What can you do to make a difference? Plan now to participate in World AIDS Day on December 1. Here are some ideas:

Get the word out!

Sign up before November 10 to organize a “Lives are on the Line” display on your campus or in your community, sponsored by World Vision. They will send you FREE “Lives are on the Line” cards to create a visible display that inspires creative activism. Each card features one of eight paintings by Scott Erickson and the story of a person either infected or affected by HIV or AIDS. Go to: http://www.worldvisionacts.org/?q=LAOTL_signup.

World Vision World Aids Day

Partner with Others

Invite a local nurse to speak at your event whose nursing focus is with people in your community infected with HIV/AIDS. Find out what opportunities are available for students and nurses who would like to care for these patients. See if you can partner with your school’s Student Nurses Association to co-sponsor a speaker.

Pray!

Gather together to pray for those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS in your community, your state, and around the world! As followers of Jesus we know that Jesus cared for those afflicted with disease and reached out to touch them (Luke 5:12-15). Ask that God would open your eyes to see how you can compassionately care for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS by:

  • being a role model through direct care of patients.
  • financial support of organizations caring for those with HIV/AIDS.
  • educating others about this pandemic.

Remember that God has created each human being in his image and every person deserves to be cared for with dignity and respect.

You may have friends, family members, classmates, or patients who are HIV+. Show your care, support, and love for them by being involved in World AIDS Day!

3 Responses to “Make a Difference! World AIDS Day is coming on December 1st”

  1. Dr Stephen Muketha Says:

    Started on 1st December 1988, World AIDS Day is about raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. The World AIDS Day theme for 2010 is ‘Universal Access and Human Rights’. World AIDS Day is important in reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done.
    According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 33.4 million people living with HIV, including 2.1 million children. During 2008 some 2.7 million people became newly infected with the virus and an estimated 2 million people died from AIDS.1 Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35.2
    The vast majority of people with HIV and AIDS live in lower- and middle-income countries. But HIV today is a threat to men, women and children on all continents around the world.

    In Africa Kenya Inter-Religious Aids Consortium ( KIRAC) was proposed and formed in 2001 with a wide mandate to co- ordinate HIV and AIDS Prevention, Care and Education, FBO’s country top leadership meet and draw resolutions on Faith Based Communities engagement in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Kenya.

    Top leadership of the faith community in Kenya met on 20th November 2003 at Karen. Nairobi under the umbrella of the Kenya Inter Religious AIDS consortium and came up with a number of resolutions as a show or commitment to jointly fight HIV/AIDS, KIRAC worked with FBOs on a campaign with the message “Be pure. Safe sex is never wrong.” And be faithful in your Marriage is a philanthropic foundation that hopes the campaign will change the perception of purity – that to remain pure, all it takes is protection. Several artists volunteered their talent for the project, creating art for T-shirts, print media, and animation.”

    I’m very glad to be part of this selected group!!!
    For more visit, http://www.kirac.or.ke

  2. jake Says:

    excellent post, keep it coming…

  3. World Spinner Says:

    Make a Difference! World AIDS Day is coming on December 1st « NCF ……

    Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……

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