World AIDS Week will be observed in Northeast Florida from Nov. 29 - Dec. 4 | Community Spirit

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World AIDS Week will be observed in Northeast Florida from Nov. 29 - Dec. 4

The Northeast Florida World AIDS Week Committee has activities planned throughout the week in its continued quest to bring awareness to HIV/AIDS in Jacksonville and surrounding areas. Education Days, a quilt display, a Community Awards ceremony, and more will take place during the week.

The World Health Organization established World AIDS Day in 1988. World AIDS Day is observed every December 1st. World AIDS Day provides governments, national AIDS programs, faith organizations, community organizations, and individuals with an opportunity to raise awareness and focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic .

The Northeast Florida World AIDS Week Committee hopes to honor those who have lived with and/or fought this disease over the last three decades, and to generate better understanding about HIV and AIDS.  Today, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that more than 1 million Americans are living with HIV, and one quarter of those people are unaware of their infection .  Florida leads the nation in new heterosexual cases of HIV, and has the second highest rate of HIV infected infants.  Locally, though the rate of AIDS diagnoses are dropping, the rate of new HIV infections remains stable.  In 2008, there were more than 400 people diagnosed with HIV in Northeast Florida .   

HIV and AIDS should best described as a community interest, not merely a personal problem.  Fighting HIV/AIDS requires a community-approach that works to eliminate stigma and promotes shared responsibility for the disease.

For more information go to: http://www.northeastfloridaworldaidsweek.org

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