World AIDS Day, observed December 1 each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. AIDS has killed more than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007, and an estimated 33.2 million people worldwide live with HIV as of 2007, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. Despite recent, improved access to antiretroviral treatment and care in many regions of the world, the AIDS epidemic claimed an estimated 2 million lives in 2007, of which about 270,000 were children.
This is how you can show your support for wwworld Aids Day online and on your mobile.
- Add a World Aids Day twibbon to your avatar on twitter or Facebook here.
- MXit is always supporting World Aids day with the support and advice system which can be found via Tradepost.
- Angel on MXit will provide you with even more HIV related information.
- Do you know what HIV/AIDS-related services are available in your area? Go to HIV911. This information is freely available to everyone.
Lastly, it is of utmost importance to know your HIV status. The AIDS test is free and everyone, sexually active or not, should go for one. Do you know of any other resources to help understand the HIV/AIDS pandemic online?
HIV-911 is proud to be part of South Africa’s official World AIDS Day campaign. On a day when we remember those we have lost to the pandemic, and look forward to increasing support for those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS, HIV-911 is forging ahead with new ways of giving you hope and connection.
The international theme for World AIDS Day 2010 is “Universal Access and Human Rights”. HIV-911’s programme works towards helping those in need to access essential services and information, in order to obtain help. Global leaders have pledged to work towards universal access to HIV and AIDS treatment, prevention and care, recognizing these as fundamental human rights. Valuable progress has been made in increasing access to HIV and AIDS services, yet greater commitment is needed around the world if the goal of universal access is to be achieved. HIV-911’s referral network of health and welfare service providers is growing at an exponential rate, enabling the programme to link clients and service providers more easily and effectively.
With over 16 500 service providers listed on the HIV-911 database, it’s coverage of HIV-related activities and services in South Africa makes it a comprehensive resource for people seeking help or networking opportunities in all regions of the country.
HIV-911’s products include:
- An online directory, accessible via www.hiv911.org.za;
- A mobi-site, accessed via http://mobi.hiv911.org.za;
- The hard-copy directory series, now entering it’s fourth series;
- A telephonic contact centre – 0860 HIV 911 or 0860 448 911;
- Call *120*448# from a mobile phone and follow the menu prompts
Find your nearest testing facility by visiting http://compass.mapservice.co.za/