AIDS Awareness Day
December 1, 2010

On World AIDS Day, December 1st, Teen Outreach Peer Educators will host their 17th annual AIDS Awareness Day at the Common Ground Teen Center (22 W. Maiden Street, Washington). The Peer Educators will facilitate learning activities and perform and educational drama.  The public is invited.

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.

More information can be found at http://www.aids.gov/awareness-days/